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October 8 to 14 is Fire Prevention Week and the Town of Golden Fire Rescue department encourages you and your family to plan and practice and escape plan.

This year’s theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” works to better educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it.

“This year’s theme represents a crucial element in keeping you and your family safe in the event of a fire,” says Golden Fire Chief Dave Balding. “Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory. Pre-planning is what everyone will draw upon to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible if the need arises.”

According to www.firepreventionweek.org, a home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home.

“Making and practicing a home escape plan is a great activity for the whole family,” says Balding. “In many cases, you may only have a few minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.”

Balding suggests practicing your home fire drill twice a year at least. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.

The Town of Golden and the CSRD Area A have an integrated emergency management program, with the Emergency Program Coordinator that works to plan for emergencies that impact the local community.

The Town would like to remind residents to help keep your family safe from wildfires and other emergencies by preparing in advance. Develop a household plan, put together an emergency kit and connect with your neighbours.

Tips for developing and practicing a household escape plan:
  • Draw a floorplan of your home showing all doors and windows.
  • Find 2 ways out of every room.
  • Make sure windows and doors are not blocked.
  • Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home.
  • Practice your drill with everyone in your home.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
 For more information on Fire Prevention Week, visit www.firepreventionweek.org