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Fire Prevention Week – Home Escape Plans

For immediate release: October 10, 2018 - 1:00pm
FR18-123

The 2018 theme for Fire Prevention Week is Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere. Yesterday, the Saskatoon Fire Department shared information on smoke alarms in your home and why it’s important to LISTEN for its sound; smoke alarms are also a key component to an effective and reliable home escape plan. Home escape planning is critical in ensuring you are prepared to safely exit your home in the event of an emergency; be sure to LEARN the details of your home escape plan and practice it during the day, as well as at night.

Important tips to consider when developing a plan that suits your home and its occupants include:

  • Visualizing the layout of your home; clearly identify all doors and windows on your plan,
  • Finding two ways out of every room and clearing the path to all doors and windows,
  • Not including the use of an elevator in your plan,
  • Selecting a safe meeting location outside of your home,
  • Remembering to call 911 once you are safely out of your home, and
  • Confirming that occupants and guests are familiar with your home escape plan.

When your smoke alarm sounds, follow your home escape plan to safely exit your home. It’s important that you get out immediately and stay out while you wait for the Saskatoon Fire Department to arrive.

In an emergency, seconds count; having an effective and reliable home escape plan can be the difference in preventing a tragedy in your home.

Tomorrow we’ll learn about heating safety, and how you can safely keep warm this winter!

Always remember: Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.

In an emergency, call 911 immediately.