Strathmore Fire Department Leads Fire Prevention Week Campaign

picture of the Strathmore Fire department bay doors. Text overlay: Fire Prevention Week. Strathmore Fire Department Open house October 14 from 12:00 - 4:00pm

Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape

Strathmore Fire Department leads annual Fire Prevention Week campaign

STRATHMORE, ALBERTA | October 6, 2022 

The Strathmore Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week (FPW), October 9-15, 2022. This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape”,  educates with simple actions to keep our community safe from home fires.

“Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA.

The Strathmore Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2022 Fire Prevention Week theme.

“It’s important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different,” said Chief David Sturgeon. “Have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them.

The Strathmore Fire Department is sharing these key home fire escape planning tips:

  • Make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every levelof your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests. Practice at least once during the day and at night.

The Strathmore Fire Department is hosting an open house from 12:00 to 4:00pm on Friday, October 14th in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.”

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit fpw.org and sparky.org.

 

Contact information:

Chief David Sturgeon

(403) 934-3022

David.Sturgeon@Strathmore.ca

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