As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue reminds residents:
Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!™
Oct 6th, 2019, your Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
In Canada, most fire deaths occur in the home, where people believe they are most safe. Canadian fire departments respond to roughly 25,600 structure fires per year. In 2015, structure fires caused more than 1,400 injuries and almost 200 deaths.*
“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.
While NFPA and Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue Fire are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location.
“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Arjuna George, Fire Chief. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”
Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”, including visiting all the local schools and hosting a public Open House on Saturday October 12th, 2019 at the Ganges Fire Hall. (10:00-2:00)
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities on Salt Spring Island please contact our office at email@example.com or 250-537-2531 For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.fpw.org.
(* Fire data for 2012-2016 was obtained from 10 of the 13 provincial and territorial offices of the fire marshal/fire commissioner; 2015 is the most recent year for which injury/fatality data is available.)