Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less) 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.
Here are some key 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 level of 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.
Fire Safety Rocks!
The Windsor Fire & Rescue Services invite all families, daycare centers, schools, and community and senior groups to join them in the ‘Safety Rocks’ campaign. That’s right! Be creative and paint a rock and add a fire-safety and themed message on them, and then hide or place the rocks around town. Once finished, post your fire-safety and FPW-themed rocks on your social media feeds, and by tagging the following on Twitter.
If you find a ‘Safety Rock’, you can post photos of them, keep them, and hide or place the rocks somewhere else!
Fire Prevention Week Activities
- Tuesday, October 11 from 3pm-7pm – at The Children’s Safety Village, 7911 Forest Glade Drive, Kick-off BBQ: activities for kids, Sparky the fire mascot, and truck tours with fire prevention staff on site to answer all your fire safety questions.
- Wednesday, October 12 – Open House 6pm – 9pm, at all Fire Stations
Station #1 – 815 Goyeau Street
Station #2 – 3121 Milloy Street
Station #3 – 2750 Ouellette Avenue
Station #4 – 2600 College Avenue
Station #5 – 2650 Northwood Street
Station #6 – 1687 Provincial Road
Station #7 – 1380 Matthew Brady Boulevard
- Thursday, October 13 from 10am to 8pm at Devonshire Mall, 3100 Howard Avenue and Tecumseh Mall, 7654 Tecumseh Road East: fire safety booths inside, fire safety materials and giveaways.
- Friday, October 14 from 10am to 8pm at Devonshire Mall and Tecumseh Mall: fire safety booths inside, and fire trucks outside for tours and demonstrations.
- Saturday, October 15 from 10am to 6pm at Devonshire Mall and Tecumseh Mall: fire safety booths inside, and fire trucks outside for tours and demonstrations.
Fire Prevention Resources
Resources & Activities for Kids