BRAMPTON, ON: In the event of a fire, every second counts.
Being prepared can save your family precious seconds, and possibly precious lives, in an emergency. Having and practicing a home fire escape plan is an important step to being prepared.
For Fire Prevention Week this year (October 8-14), Brampton Fire and Emergency Services (BFES), along with fire departments across North America, are saying: “Every Second Counts – Plan Two Ways Out!” A National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) survey found recently that half of American families do not have a home escape plan.
Developing and practicing a home fire escape plan is simple:
• With all members of your household, draw a map of your home 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 adults can’t help them.
BFES personnel will be joining Fire Prevention Week partners, including Domino’s at locations across Brampton to deliver these important safety messages to Brampton residents.
The Domino’s pizza night is a highlight of the week, where a Brampton fire truck could specially deliver your Domino’s pizza order to your home. Domino’s pizza night this year is Thursday, October 5.
On Thursday, October 5, City Hall will be hosting a special kick-off and flag-raising ceremony for Fire Prevention Week.
For more information about Fire Prevention Week in Brampton, go to www.bramptonfire.com
More Fire Facts (from NFPA survey):
• During 2010--2014, roughly one of every 338 households reported a home fire per year
• Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 pm and 7 am, but only one in five home fires were reported during these hours
• Three out of five home fire deaths in 2010-2014 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms
• Cooking-related fires are the leading cause of home fire injuries
“Our firefighters do an outstanding job responding to emergencies, but each of us have a responsibility to understand the ways we can help protect ourselves and our families in the event of a fire. Fire Prevention Week is a time filled with activities which are designed to remind all of us of the importance of being prepared – when you see a fire truck out around the city, be sure to stop by and speak to our firefighters.”
Mayor Linda Jeffrey
“We want to remind all Brampton residents about important steps they can take in preventing and preparing for a home fire. Every second counts. Get your family together to develop and practice a plan that will get you and your loved ones out of harm’s way and to a safe place.”
Regional Councillor and Chair of Community and Public Services Michael Palleschi
“Fires in the home today spread faster than ever. You could have less than two minutes to escape your home once the smoke alarm goes off, so we want every Brampton resident to develop and practice a home escape plan today.”
Brampton Fire and Emergency Services Acting Chief Peter Gatto
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