When fire breaks out, a matter of seconds can make a difference in making a safe escape.
National Fire Prevention Week 2017 stresses that “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out!” to reinforce the need for all residents to have a escape plan in their home.
Now through October 14, National Fire Prevention Week is intended to raise awareness and educate the public on fire safety measures and habits to make sure all are prepared in the event of a fire.
Some key safety messages for New Brunswick residents to utilize while creating a fire safety plan are:
- Draw a map of your home, marking the two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. Review this map with all members of the household.
- Practice a home fire drill twice a year, once at night and once during the day with all members of the household. Practice using different ways out of the house.
- Teach children the proper way to evacuate the house on their own in the event than an adult is not present to help them.
- Make sure the number of your house is clearly marked and easy for the New Brunswick 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 New Brunswick Fire Department urges all residents to heed these tips to ensure proper fire preparation! Making a plan with all members of the household as to the best way to react in the event of a fire is an important step to make sure everyone gets out safely in the event that a fire breaks out.
For more information on fire safety and prevention, please visit the NBFD Division of Fire Safety webpage.