Have a plan in case of fire
City of Camrose Mayor Norm Mayer signs a Fire Safety Week Proclamation with Camrose Fire Department Fire and Life Safety Educator Jeff Knopf as Tyson Sikstrom, Captain Camrose and Patrick St. Dennis hold a fire safety banner in the background in on Sept. 12. Josh Aldrich/ Camrose Canadian
Camrose Fire Department
Consider this scenario: It’s 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.
“Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory,” said Jeff Knopf, Fire and Life Safety Educator of the City of Camrose Fire Department. “That pre-planning is what everyone will draw upon to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire.”
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” works to better educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it. The City of Camrose Fire Department is working in coordination with the National Fire Protection Association, the official sponsor of the Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, to reinforce those potentially life-saving messages. Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 8-14.
In support of Fire Prevention Week, Jeff Knopf encourages all Camrose households to develop a plan together and practice it. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home.
NFPA and the Camrose Fire Department offer these additional tips and recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:
• Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
• Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
• Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
• Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
• Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
• Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
The City of Camrose Fire Department is hosting several events during the week of
Oct. 8-14 in support of Fire Prevention Week and this year’s campaign. The event will include:
• Oct. 10 — Neighbourhood Smoke Alarm testing sponsored by our Local Canadian Tire
• Oct. 11, 6:30-7 p.m. — Camrose Great Escape. All residents are encouraged to participate in the City-wide fire drill. Firefighters will be driving through the City of Camrose and giving out prizes to participating families. Be at your meeting spot at 6:30 p.m. to participate.
• Oct. 15 — Pancake Breakfast at the Camrose Fire Department, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free Raffle sponsored by Tofield Packers.
• Grade 4 students within the City of Camrose will each receive a free smoke detector to be placed as needed in their home. Partnering on this project is our local Wild Rose Coop and the Camrose Fire Department Firefighters Association.
For more information about Fire Prevention Week activities in Camrose, visit www.camrose.ca. To learn more about this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out” and home escape planning, visit firepreventionweek.org.