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Every Second Counts…Plan 2 Ways Out! Celebrate Fire Prevention Week

Fri Oct 06 14:15:51 CST 2017

From October 8 - 14, Regina Fire & Protective Services (RFPS) will join fire services from across Canada and the United States to mark Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme, “Every Second Counts…Plan 2 Ways Out” encourages you to plan your escape.

In a fire, seconds count, so make and practise a home escape plan to mark Fire Prevention Week. The following provide quick guidelines:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your family, marking two exits from each room and a pathway to the outside.
  • Designate a meeting place outside, such as a tree or neighbour’s house, where the whole family will meet.
  • Call 9-1-1 once you are outside.
  • Stay outside, never go back inside a burning home.
  • Teach children to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
  • Practise your plan twice a year.

“The most important part of your fire escape plan is to have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and all sleeping areas. Test your alarm every month to ensure it’s working,” said Chief Layne Jackson. “Put your plan into action whenever you hear your smoke alarm. It will save your life.”

Please join us during Fire Prevention Week at an open house where you can meet your neighbourhood firefighters, learn how to make your escape plan, see firefighters in their full gear, check out a fire truck, find out what the Jaws of Life are and other fun activities.

1.    Tuesday, October 10, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., #4 Fire Station, 3855 Dewdney Avenue

2.    Thursday, October 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., #2 Fire Station, 1770 9th Avenue North

Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Regina Food Bank.

For more information on fire prevention and safety, visit Regina.ca.

Did you know that Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871? That fire lasted two days, killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.