National Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12th this year and the theme this year is "Prevent Kitchen Fires"! This is a great time to review or create your family's fire escape plan and try this 3 minute drill and review these fire escape tips from 3minutedrill.alberta.ca.
- Ensure everyone is aware of the escape plan.
- Ensure windows are easily opened by children. If windows have security bars, install quick release devices on the inside.
- Ensure two story homes have escape ladders that are accessible.
- In basements, place furniture under the window to aid in escaping.
- Make sure doors and windows are not blocked by furniture or other items.
- Test doors before opening them. Keep low and closer to the floor to prevent inhalation and burn injuries from super heated gases as the door opens. Just crack the door open slightly to see the other side. It is good to have the door between your knees to prevent it from flying open due to pressure from the other side. Be prepared to slam the door shut if heat or smoke rush in, and look for another way out. If safe, open the door to escape.
- As you escape, close all doors behind you to hold back toxic smoke and flames.
- If you are trapped, protect yourself until help arrives. Go to a room with an outside window and telephone. Cover the vents. Close the door and seal cracks around the doors with rags or bedding and call 911 to tell them where you are. Wave a flashlight or coloured cloth to help guide them. If possible open the window at the top or bottom; do not break the window unless you have to. Protect yourself from broken glass.
- Get out and Stay out. When an alarm sounds, don’t stop to get dressed or gather valuables. Never go back inside a burning building no matter what. Smoke is toxic and in halation can kill you.
- Get low! Go under the smoke to the nearest exit. Smoke will rise to the ceiling, leaving cooler, cleaner air close to the floor.
- Teach children never to hide in closets or under beds.
- Teach every family member to ‘Stop, Drop and Roll’ if clothes catch fire.
- Call 911 once you are outside.
Fire Dog Puppet (using a toilet roll!)
Don't forget to check your local fire station's events and plan an outing with the kids!
For more information on National Fire Prevention Week October 6-12th, check Fire Prevention Canada and this video.