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A Fire Escape Plan Saves Lives

McGuinty Government Stresses Importance of Fire Escape Planning and Practice

Ontario is reminding families how important a home fire escape plan is to mark Fire Prevention Week -- Oct. 7 - 13.

During Fire Prevention Week, fire services across Ontario will be organizing activities to inform community residents about fire safety. Families can get involved by:

  • Identifying anyone who requires assistance to get out of the home safely, such as small children, older adults and people with disabilities.
  • Ensuring there is a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of the home.
  • Identifying all possible exits, including windows, and making sure they are accessible and work.
  • Knowing exactly what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.
  • Developing and practicing a home fire escape plan. A plan greatly increases your chances of surviving a fire in your home.
  • Establishing a meeting place outside the home where everyone can assemble and be accounted for.

The theme for Fire Prevention Week 2012 is "Have 2 Ways Out" and encourages families to plan in case of a fire, and to have a backup plan in case the first escape route is blocked.

Quick Facts

  • In 2011, fire killed 75 Ontarians in their homes.
  • Every year in Ontario, fires result in more than half a billion dollars lost in fire damages.
  • You may only have seconds to safely escape a fire in your home.

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“We all have a responsibility to prevent fires and keep our families safe. Fire Prevention Week is an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with valuable fire safety tips. I hope all Ontarians participate in Fire Prevention Week activities being held by local fire services.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“Every day there are fires that result in damage, injuries or fatalities that could have been prevented. I strongly urge all of us to work together to reduce our fire losses. Get involved in Fire Prevention Week. Talk to your local fire department about fire safety in your home. I don’t want another person to become a fire casualty.”

Tadeusz (Ted) Wieclawek

Ontario Fire Marshal

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