Have Two Ways Out is this year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 7-13. The theme builds on rabbits’ instinct to always have at least two exits from their underground homes leading to safety.
Insp. Troy Lamerz with Brandon Fire and Emergency Services says families who create and practise an escape plan together, with two ways out of every room if possible, have a better chance of escaping during a real fire emergency.
“An escape plan helps families respond more quickly and calmly when faced with a real fire situation,” Lamerz says. “When a smoke alarm sounds, everyone needs to know what to do and where to go.
“Planning two ways out of each room, ahead of time, greatly increases your chances of getting out without injury.”
A free escape plan and more family fire safety tips can be found at the campaign website safeathome.ca/twowaysout.
EVENTS IN BRANDON
• Tuesday, Oct. 9: No. 1 Firehall Tours
Archives Committee members will be on hand to provide tours of the No. 1 Firehall located at 120 19th St. North between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to the public. Groups of six or more are asked to phone 204-729-2400 to arrange a group tour.
• Wednesday, Oct. 10: Fire Chief for a Day
Brandon Fire and Emergency Services, Grand Valley Mutual Aid District and McDonald’s Restaurants host this event. One lucky Grade 4 student from each school in the Brandon School Division as well as students from Souris, Carberry, Shilo, Wawanesa, Douglas, and Forrest will spend the entire day between the BFES No. 1 Firehall and the Manitoba Emergency Services College.
•Thursday, Oct. 11: Fire Prevention Week Olympics
This year’s event will be held at Green Acres School. Four celebrity firefighters will be teamed up with four Grade 8 students from the participating school to take on the gruelling Fire Prevention Olympics Obstacle Course. The celebrity firefighters will include a member of the Brandon University Bobcats, a local media people as well as the crowd favourite — the principal or teacher from the participating school. Four teams competing in five events, fastest time wins the gold.
• Friday, Oct. 12: Home Depot Fire Safety Day
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., members of the Brandon Fire and Emergency Services will be on hand at Home Depot on 18th Street North, in the Corral Centre, to answer questions regarding fire safety and distribute Fire Prevention Week information.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 2, 2012