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Practise home fire escape planning during Fire Prevention Week

(Simcoe, Norfolk County) – Fire Chief Terry Dicks is urging families in Norfolk County to practise their home fire escape plan as part of Fire Prevention Week.

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 7–13, 2012. This year’s theme is “Have Two Ways Out”. When the smoke alarms sounds, everyone must know where to go – that’s why it is so important for everyone to have working smoke alarms and to develop and practise a home fire escape plan.

“In a fire, you may have only seconds to safely escape your home,” said Fire Chief Terry Dicks. “Practise your home fire escape plan and make sure everyone can get out safely.”

Fire and smoke can spread quickly, so be prepared in advance with these simple steps for home fire escape planning:

Assess the needs of everyone in your home

  • Identify anyone who requires assistance to get out of the home safely, such as small children or older adults

Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas

  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm

Identify all possible exits ( doors and windows ) and make sure they work

  • Know two ways out of all areas, if possible

Everyone must know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds

  • Assign someone to help those who need assistance
  • Identify a safe meeting place outside
  • Call the fire department from a neighbour’s home or cell phone

Practice your home fire escape plan

  • Have everyone participate
  • Make changes to your plan if necessary

For more information on fire safety, contact our Fire Prevention bureau at 519 426 4115 ext. 2402, weekdays between 8:30am and 4:30pm or visit our web-site at www.norfolkcountyfire.ca.


Scott Pipe
Fire Prevention Officer
Norfolk County Fire & Rescue Services
95 Culver Street
Simcoe, ON
N3Y 2V5
Tel: (519) 426-4115 ext. 2423
Fax: (519) 426-4140





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