Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 7–13; residents reminded to Look. Listen. Learn.

October 5, 2018

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 7–13 and this year’s message focuses on three essential steps to fire prevention—look, listen and learn. The City reminds residents to identify and address potential fire hazards in their home by reviewing and practising the following tips:

Look

  • Look in and around your home for places where a fire could start.
  • Investigate high risk rooms (e.g. kitchen and garage).
  • Don’t skip unsuspecting spaces (e.g. bathrooms and bedrooms).
  • Identify any potential fire hazards and take the necessary steps to address them.

Listen

  • If your smoke alarm sounds, respond immediately! You may only have minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm goes off.
  • Smoke alarms should be checked every six months; replace batteries when needed.
  • Consider keeping a fire extinguisher in the kitchen or another central location.
  • Inspect fire extinguishers every six months to ensure the pin is in place and the gauge is still charged (the arrow should point to the green).

Learn

  • Involve all members of your household in identifying an escape plan for every room in the house.
  • Each room should have two ways out.
  • Make sure all doors and windows leading outside are easy to open and free of clutter.
  • Decide on a meeting place in advance that is a safe distance from your house and accessible for everyone in your home.
  • Once you’ve escaped, stay together and make sure 911 has been called.
  • For information on how to make a fire escape plan for your home, visit nfpa.org/FPW  .

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, turn to page 26 in the latest issue of CityPulse magazine or visit www.nfpa.org/FPW  .