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Orangeville Fire is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week.

This year, the message of Fire Prevention Week (October 9 to 15) aims to educate families and residents on the simple, important actions they can take to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from home fires.

“Having a strong home escape helps ensure every family member knows how to get out safely and what to do when the smoke alarm sounds,” said Fire Chief Ronald Morden. “When you have children or those who require assistance in the home, a fire can be terrifying. Getting the whole household part of those plans will keep them ready to act and know where to go.”

All homes are different and every escape plan will be too. Here are some key tips to assist with your home fire escape planning:

• Make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
• Smoke alarms must be installed outside every sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Contact your local fire department to ensure your home is protected with the right type of alarms and to ensure they are installed in the right places.
• Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
• Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.
• Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests. Have at least one practice at night once the children are in bed sleeping.

Get involved!

As part of this year’s campaign, Orangeville Fire invites families with children in a school serviced by our department to enter the Home Escape Plan contest. Look for the home escape planning grid contest in your child’s school bag or ask a teacher for a copy.

Return the plan to school with your child for the chance for their class to win pizza!

Come learn with us!

If you have questions and want to learn more about Fire Safety, Orangeville Fire will host several drop-ins at locations around Orangeville.

Here’s where to find us:

Metro - October 13 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Home Depot - October 20 from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

During the Home Depot drop-in, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to use a portable fire extinguisher.

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit fpw.org and sparky.org.