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Charlottesville Fire encourages people to have an escape plan

Charlottesville Fire encourages people to have an escape plan”

During the week, fire departments throughout the country reach out to the public and talk about important fire safety information. It's a time to think about fire danger and how you would survive a house fire says Yakima Fire Capt. Jeff Pfaff.

The theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week, running October 6 to 12, is: "Not every hero wears a cape - plan and practise your escape!" Once residents create a home escape plan and establish different ways of getting out of the home, residents should never go back inside the home for people, pets, or belongings.

He says you need to assess the needs of everyone in your home and be ready to assist them in case of a fire.

"When a fire breaks you may only have 3-5 minutes to escape (as little as 2 minutes once the smoke alarm sounds) before fire can spread, block exits, reduce visibility and increase the risk of injury or death", explained Kurasz. The focus this year is on fire safety for families and new Canadians.

Another emphasis during the week will be the use of smoke alarms. The NOFD Deaf Citizens Smoke Alarm System is also "FREE OF CHARGE". "If you have a dog, make sure you can get your dog out if you can". "If you have a working smoke alarm and have a way out if there is a fire, everyone can be a hero". Many of these tragedies could be prevented with the proper placement, number and maintenance of working alarms. On average, seven people died in a fire in a home per day between 2012-16.

"I think the biggest takeaway from this year and every year is make sure those smoke detectors work because that's what saves more lives than anything we can do", he said.

During Fire Prevention Week, Victoria firefighters will be visiting elementary schools to participate in fire drills and promote fire prevention and protection in the home.

Have the whole family practice the escape plan at least twice a year. On Tuesday and Wednesday, fire fighters will go to designated areas of the community to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors which are being furnished by Lowes Home Improvement Store.



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