During Fire Prevention Week, Falkland residents are reminded to make sure their smoke detectors are working.
“Most homes have smoke detectors, but it’s surprising how many people don’t remember to test them regularly to make sure they’re working. If they’re not functioning, they’re not going to do any good if there’s a fire,” said Kenn Mount, Columbia-Shuswap Regional District fire services co-ordinator.
“The Canadian statistics show that without a working smoke alarm, your chances of not surviving a fire increases by 74 per cent.”
Mount says a detector is the first line of defense, but it’s just as important that all members of the family know what to do when the alarm goes off.
“It’s a good idea to have a family escape plan in case of a fire in your home,” he said.
“Practice the plan and make sure your children understand what they should do if they hear the warning sounds from the smoke detector. The escape plan should include a meeting point outside the home.”
When you practice your safety plan, make sure you practice using an alternate way to get out of the house in case one exist is blocked.
“Fires can double every 30 seconds so it’s important that everyone knows to stay low to the ground and start working their way toward one of your two ways out,” said Mount.
“Practicing this as a family is really important since everyone will be better prepared to deal with a fire event at home.”