Planning saves lives during Fire Prevention Week

Every second counts: Fire prevention week

Leighton said that especially rings true when looking at statistics, where most fire deaths occur during the sleeping hours between midnight and 8 a.m.

Comox Valley fire departments are working in co-ordination with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the official sponsor of the Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, to reinforce those potentially life-saving messages.

Hammer says parents should make sure their youngster know the plan.

"You can teach them how to get out of a window; you can teach them how to go under the door crawl under the smoke".

Here are a few tips for developing and practicing your home escape plan.

On Saturday, the SFD is hosting its annual Open House in celebration of Fire Prevention Week from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.at Central Fire Station, 110 Elm St.

The American Red Cross is also doing its part to keep homes safe with its creation of a nationwide Home Fire Campaign. "Fire can reach a flash over stage in about three minutes, which means nobody can survive in the home", said Burt.

North Metro Fire Rescue District is kicking off the month of October with special events for Fire Prevention Week. Topics range from "stay low and go", don't back into the house or building to retrieve anything, and smoke detectors.

"We talked to them about basic fire safety".

"The key to that is having a smoke alarm that's operable to give you the time that you need to get out", he said, adding every second counts, making it all the more important to have a tried and tested evacuation plan.

"Take the time to know the two ways out of that", said Pennington Country Fire Administrator, Jerome Harvey.

In their detailed escape plan, they not only have 2 ways out of every room, but contingency plans including fire extinguishers and an escape ladder for the second floor.

Firefighters say it's never too early to start teaching fire safety.

Forbush said they are affordable, easy to use and will save people who could become trapped on upper levels by fire.

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