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Fire Prevention Week: Not Every Hero Wears a Cape - Plan and Practice Your Escape

October 4, 2019

Fire Chief John Okum is urging families in the Municipality of North Grenville to practise their home fire escape plan as part of Fire Prevention Week 2019.

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 6-12, 2019. This year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” When the smoke alarms sound, everyone must know where to go – that’s why it is so important for everyone to have working smoke alarms and to develop and practise a home fire escape plan.

“In a fire, you may have only seconds to safely escape your home,” said Chief Okum.  “Practise your home fire escape plan and make sure everyone can get out safely.”

Fire and smoke can spread quickly, so be prepared in advance with these simple steps for home fire escape planning:

Assess the needs of everyone in your home

  • Identify anyone who requires assistance to get out of the home safely, such as small children or older adults

Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas

  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm

Identify all possible exits (doors and windows) and make sure they work

  • Know two ways out of all areas, if possible

Everyone must know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds

  • Assign someone to help those who need assistance
  • Identify a safe meeting place outside
  • Call the fire department from a neighbour’s home or cell phone

Practice your home fire escape plan

  • Have everyone participate
  • Make changes to your plan if necessary 

The North Grenville Fire Service is hosting an open house during Fire Prevention Week on Thursday October 10th, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 at 259 County Road 44.  Bring the whole family and come out and meet your local fire department members, tour the Station, meet Sparky and watch live demonstrations. Hot dogs will be available between 5:30-6:30.

For more information contact:
Fire Prevention Officer Shannon Armitage
613-258-9569 ext.205