'Every second counts: Plan two ways out.' That's the theme of Fire Prevention Week in Alberta this year. The annual reminder about fire safety began on October 8 and runs through the 14th.
"Fires in homes now are burning so much quicker and so much hotter that people only have about three minutes to detect fire and get out of the house before the conditions become untenable," explained Bruce Wade, Drumheller's Fire Chief.
"Be sure everybody does have a plan to be able to get out of the house at least two ways, depending on the time of night and where the fire is," he recommended.
"Have a meeting place outside and at that point phone 911," advised Wade. "The biggest thing is to evacuate the house first, get everybody out and meet and then call 911."
While the emphasis this year is on planning escape routes in the event of fire, Wade adds there are other things you can do to give yourself a chance if fire breaks out. Those include working smoke and CO detectors.
For more information on Fire Prevention Week follow this link.