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It’s Fire Prevention Week in Newfoundland and Labrador

Police in Kings County, P.E.I. have deemed three separate structure fires in June as suspicious.
Police in Kings County, P.E.I. have deemed three separate structure fires in June as suspicious.

The provincial government is emphasizing the importance of developing and practicing a home escape plan.

Fire Prevention Week is underway in the Newfoundland and Labrador and this year’s theme is ‘Every Second Counts: Plant 2 Ways Out!’

“As this year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week suggests, home escape planning is absolutely critical in a fire situation,” said Derek Simmons, the province’s fire commissioner.

“Making a plan and practicing it ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.”

The following tips have been offered in preparing a plan:

- Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit;

- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out;

- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them;

- Make sure the street address of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find;

- Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire; and

- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

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