Fire Prevention Week: "Have Two Ways Out"

10/11/2012

It's fire prevention week in BC and Penticton's fire department is reminding residents to always have an escape route in case of emergency.

Fire Chief Wayne Williams says this year's theme is "have two ways out"

"When the fire alarm goes off in your home, the smoke alarm goes off everybody has two ways out. If you are in a bedroom that means you have two ways out, you have the window or the door. Not too many people think about the window but that is an option if the door is hot and you can't get out."

On average eight Canadians die each week from preventable fires or careless behaviour.

Williams says ensuring smoke detectors are working is a simple and life saving step.

"We recommend testing your smoke alarms once a month and then change your batteries twice a year. And a good way of remembering that is when you go and change your clocks change your batteries, that way you are changing your batteries twice a year."

The Penticton Fire Department will be hosting an open house on Wednesday October 18th from 2 PM until 5 PM at 250 Nanaimo Ave.

They will be featuring tours, activities and interactive displays for kinds and a chance to try on firefighter turnout gear.

The Penticton Fire Department will also be conducting a Fire Safety Education Roadshow called "The Price is Right" at a series of elementary schools.

Children will work on their home escape plans and be entered to win a Fire Chief for a Day and a pizza party for their classroom.

Anita Sthankiya -Penticton

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