Escaping a house fire

“Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere”.

Today, house fires are burning faster than ever before.

Those inside the home may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely after the smoke alarm goes off, that's why it's important to know how to use those minutes wisely.

Kamloops Fire Rescue is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign.

The campaign is meant to educate the public about basic but important ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

“Working in the fire service for many years, we know that people often make choices in fire situations that jeopardize their safety or even cost them their lives,” said Lyle Weninger, Life Safety Educator for Kamloops Fire Rescue. “We need to teach people how escape planning and practice can make the difference of them surviving a fire.”

The home is the place people are at greatest risk for fire.

Weninger says this year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

  • Look for places fire could start
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
  • Learn two ways out of every room

“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Weninger. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

Kamloops Fire Rescue will be at Sandman Centre this weekend for the Kamloops Home Show.

Residents are encouraged to head out and talk to fire safety experts on how they can be better prepared in the event of a fire.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning go online or follow Kamloops Fire Rescue on Facebook.

Fire Prevention Week is October 7 to 13.

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