Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14: Every Second Counts Plan 2 Ways Out

Every Second Counts – Plan 2 Ways Out is this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, which emphasizes the importance of developing a home fire escape plan and practising it. Fire Prevention Week is recognized across North America from Sunday, October 8 – Saturday, October 14, 2017.

A home escape plan means having a working smoke alarm on every level of your home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also means having two ways out of every room, such as a door and a window, each with a clear path to a safe meeting place outside the home.

Important safety tips for developing and practising a home escape plan are:

  • Draw a map of your home noting two exits from each room with paths to the outside.
  • Practise your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one drill at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practise using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you aren’t able to help them.
  • Make sure your home address number is clearly marked and easy to see from the street.
  • Close doors behind you as you exit – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

During Fire Prevention Week, the Victoria Fire Department will visit elementary schools, participating in fire drills and promoting fire prevention and protection in the home.

Home Smoke Alarms
The Victoria Fire Department offers a free smoke alarm to residents who need one to ensure every Victoria home has a working smoke alarm. Learn more.