Be a fire safety hero in your home!

Fire Prevention Week is October 6 to 12

Guelph, Ont., October 4, 2019 – “Make and practice your home fire escape plan”—a message that’s being delivered by fire departments, including Guelph, during Fire Prevention Week, October 6 to 12.

On Saturday, October 12, the Guelph Fire Department is hosting its annual Fire Prevention Day event where residents can learn more about fire safety in the home and the importance of having a home fire escape plan that is practiced regularly.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Home Depot located at 63 Woodlawn Road West.

Inside the store, children are invited to build a fire rescue plane. As space is limited, pre-registration is required through the store’s website homedepot.ca. Outside, residents are invited to meet firefighters, check out the antique fire truck and inflatable fire safety house, learn how to use a fire extinguisher, and get valuable tips on how to put out a cooking fire. Sparky the fire dog will also make a special appearance.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is ‘Not all heroes wear capes. Plan and practice your fire escape.’ The campaign aims to educate everyone about the small, but important actions they can take in their homes to keep themselves and those around them safe. People who motivate their households to make and practice a home fire escape plan are heroes.

“In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one minute to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds,” says Matt Valeriote, assistant chief fire prevention officer. “There’s no time to figure out how to escape your home after a fire starts. That’s why it is so important to develop and practice a home fire escape plan before there’s a fire so you can get out safely.”

In Canada, most fire deaths occur in the home, where people believe they are most safe. Fire departments across the country respond to about 25,600 house fires per year. In 2015, house fires caused more than 1,400 injuries and almost 200 deaths. (Source: Fire data for 2012–2016 was obtained from 10 of the 13 provincial and territorial offices of the fire marshal/commissioner; 2015 is the most recent year for which injury/fatality data is available)

Fire safety tips

The Guelph Fire Department recommends the following fire safety tips:

  • Test smoke/carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button. Consider vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours who may need assistance maintaining and testing their alarms.
  • Change the batteries once a year.
  • Replace smoke/carbon monoxide alarms within the timeframe indicated in the manufacturer’s instructions or if they don’t sound when tested.
  • Plan for your escape. Make your home escape plan and practice it today.
  • Determine who’s going to help young children, older adults, people with disabilities or anyone else who needs help escaping.
  • When the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out. Go to your meeting place outside your home.
  • Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

Visit guelph.ca/fire for more fire safety information or to learn more about Fire Prevention Week visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website at firepreventionweek.org.

For more information

Matt Valeriote
Assistant Chief Fire Prevention Officer
Guelph Fire Department
519-822-1260 extension 2136
matt.valeriote@guelph.ca