Preventing fires is everybody’s business and Fire Prevention week is a good time for some simple safety reminders. This year from October 8 to 14, local firefighters will be helping drive home some fire prevention tips.

This year’s theme for Fire Prevention week is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”. This serves as a reminder to always have and practice your home escape plan; this can save you and your children’s lives in the event of an emergency.

Before making an escape plan, ensure that you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and working CO detectors outside sleeping quarters – you must have them, it’s the law.  If you sleep with your doors closed, it is recommended that you install a smoke alarm in your bedroom and have it interconnected with other smoke alarms throughout your house. This way if one goes off, they all will.  After ensuring there is a sufficient number of working smoke alarms in your home, it’s on to preparing your home escape plan.

This should include a layout of your home showing two escape routes from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.  Furthermore, once outside, designate a meeting area such as a tree, fire hydrant or a neighbour’s house, and never go back into a burning building.  Some practice tips include teaching children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them, closing doors behind as you leave to slow the advance of smoke, heat and fire, and practicing your escape plan at least twice per year during both day and night.

You can also help out the local fire department by ensuring that your house number is clearly visible.  Call 905-415-7521 for more information on this year’s Fire Prevention week, to a obtain a grid for your home escape plan, and for events held by Markham Fire Departments