Fire Prevention Week: Plan two ways out

Thursday, 12 Oct, 2017

They say many families don't know how to get out of the house if a fire breaks out. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds in 2015, with about 80 percent of all US fire deaths annually occurring at home.

Teach children how to escape on their own in case you aren't able to help them.

This is especially important for ground floor apartments where numbers are not easily seen, or at homes where shrubs or other plants may have grown over numbers and letters used to mark the home's address from the street.

But for larger homes, like Alisha Springmeyer and Neal Braunel's foster home with nearly a dozen children, fire prevention and safety is not just a week-long event; it's a way of life.

Firefighters in each city install the smoke alarms and point out possible fire hazards in each home. This also means having a complete plan for safely using an alternate escape such as a window, ” said Kevan Jess, acting Alberta fire commissioner, in the release.

It's National Fire Prevention Week, which has been observed in America since 1925. Go to neighboring residences and call emergency services, and most importantly, never go back inside a burning building.

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, nationwide there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the U.S.in 2015, the a year ago for which figures are available.

Make sure your smoke alarms work. "You really need to have one of these in your home because it's the cheapest life insurance policy you're going to get".

"Most kids these days know what a cell phone is so they can understand what 911 is, knowing how to get out of your house", said Assistant Fire Chief, Jason Evans.

According to McEvoy, there's usually a short list of things that he says will set off the fire alarms on campus.

"That's why we are trying to educate the public, the fire is not just our fight, the fire is everyone's fight". They reassured students that they needn't be afraid of firefighters even when their uniforms make them look unrecognizable.