Guelph Fire Department urges residents to “have 2 ways out”

Fire Prevention Week is October 7 to 13

GUELPH, ON, October 2, 2012 – If a fire breaks out in your home, you may only have minutes to get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds.

That’s why Guelph’s fire department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 7 to 13, to urge residents to plan ahead by creating a home fire escape plan. This year’s theme is “Have 2 Ways Out” and focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.

“Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize. Having a tried and true escape plan, with two ways out of every room, is essential to ensuring your family’s safety should a fire break out in your home,” says Matt Valeriote, fire prevention officer with the Guelph Fire Department.

The Guelph Fire Department recommends the following tips for planning your family’s escape:

  • Draw a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room.
  • Choose a designated meeting place that is a safe distance from your home. This is where everyone can meet once they have escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan.
  • Have an adult sound the smoke alarm and practice your escape plan with everyone living in your home.
  • Keep your escape plan on the refrigerator and have your family practice the plan twice a year or whenever anyone in your home celebrates a birthday.

To mark Fire Prevention Week, the Guelph Fire Department will be hosting a Fire Prevention Day on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Guelph Home Depot parking lot, located at 63 Woodlawn Rd., West.

Through educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of fire escape planning and practice, as well as prevention. Fire Safety seminars will take place inside the Home Depot at 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m. 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Outside, have your picture taken on an antique fire truck, meet and speak to firefighters, as well as Sparky the fire dog, tour the fire safety trailer to learn how to safely escape from a smoke-filled home, and learn how to safely put out a fire using a fire extinguisher.

Visit guelph.ca/fire for more fire safety information or to learn more about “Have 2 Ways Out” visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website at firepreventionweek.org.

For more information

Matt Valeriote
Fire Prevention Officer
Guelph Fire Department
T 519-822-1260 x 2136
matt.valeriote@guelph.ca