The Campbell River Fire Department is working with the National Fire Protection Association to provide fire safety tips and recognize the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.”
“Today’s homes burn faster than ever,” says Lorraine Carli, vice president of outreach and advocacy at the National Fire Protection Association.
“You may have as little as two minutes or even less time to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.”
Fire Prevention Week started on Sunday and finishes on Saturday.
“It’s important for everyone to plan and practice their home fire escape,” said fire prevention officer Craig Idiens.
“Everyone needs to be prepared so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different. Have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them.”
The Campbell River Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Association say residents should know at least two ways out of every room and practice a home fire drill at least twice a year.