October 7-13 was Fire Prevention Week in B.C. and many of our students had an opportunity to meet with firefighters and learn about fire safety.
This year’s focus was Look, Listen, Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.
Fire departments from across Canada (including our school district) raised public awareness about the dangers of fire, how to prevent it and how to keep your family safe by having – and practicing – an escape plan.
Their message was:
“LOOK” for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
“LISTEN” for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
“LEARN” two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
They recommend talking about your plan with everyone in your home. Make sure your home has working smoke alarms on each floor. Know the emergency number for your fire department. Lastly, and most importantly, practice your home fire drill regularly.
Our schools hold six fire drills a year!