Dozens of community members dropped by Langford Fire Rescue’s annual open house, which takes place during fire prevention week every year. (Jessica Williamson/Black Press Media)

Fire prevention week focuses on having an escape plan

Homes burn faster now than they did a decade ago, Langford fire chief says

Did you know in the event of a typical house fire, you could only have about one to two minutes to escape from the time the smoke alarm sounds?

Fire Prevention Week takes place from Oct. 6 to 12 and this year, the National Fire Protection Association is placing emphasis on having a good, practised escape plan.

Langford Fire Chief Chris Aubrey said it’s important to note the difference between a house fire 10 to 15 years ago compared to a modern house fire. Today, furniture is made out of different materials that can burn quickly.

READ ALSO: Fire prevention week returns to Saanich

“A fire would be going so much faster now,” Aubrey said. “You’d have about 12 minutes to leave 15 years ago and now you have three to four minutes.”

By the time the smoke alarm goes off, Aubrey said the clock is already ticking.

Fire Prevention Week takes place every year during the week of Oct. 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire which began on Oct. 8, 1871, and caused major damage to the city.

The fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres of land, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

READ ALSO: Ask a Saanich Firefighter: Escape plans, fireworks and more

The Association noted home escape planning and practice helps make sure that everyone knows what to do in a fire and can escape quickly and safely.

Some suggested essentials for making a plan are mapping out the layout of the home, marking two exits from every room and a path from each exit to the outside; marking the location of all smoke alarms in the home with one on every level, in each bedroom and near all sleeping areas; picking a meeting place and making sure everyone knows how to call 911 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbour’s phone.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Victoria women’s program in critical need of household items for women

Everything from dining sets to beds is needed to keep their programs running

Rain throughout the day for Tuesday

Plus a look ahead at the week

CPR month promotes hands-on approach to life-saving measure

PulsePoint Respond App alerts people if there is a victim of a cardiac arrest within 400 metres

Unwrap the glam and make someone shine at the Hudson’s Bay

Special event raises funds for improving mental health across Canada

War bride’s oversea voyage to Canada took a leap of faith

More than 45,000 women immigrated to Canada after the Second World War

VIDEO: Pups in the pool: West Shore rec centre’s Dog Swim a success

West Shore Parks and Recreation goes to the dogs Sunday night

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

Victoria Jazz Orchestra concert raises funds for the Single Parents’ Resource Centre

Maria Manna on tap for the Nov. 16 performance in Victoria

Renowned men’s chorus ‘Back by Popular Demand’ in Victoria

One of Canada’s premier singing ensembles kicks off its 39th season on Nov. 16

Mexican culinary celebration fills Victoria Public Market

Taco, Tequila and Margarita Fiesta takes over the Victoria Public Market the evening of Nov. 16

Sportsnet fires Don Cherry after negative comments about immigrants

Don Cherry had said immigrants don’t wear poppies like other Canadians do

Trudeau’s new cabinet: Gender parity because it’s 2019? Or due to competence?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon appoint his new cabinet

Canada among three G20 countries least likely to hit emissions targets

It says Canada, South Korea and Australia are the farthest off

Conservatives’ Scheer wants Trudeau to open Parliament Nov. 25

That’s five days after Justin Trudeau is scheduled to swear in a new cabinet

Most Read