Every Second Counts Plan Two Ways Out Says Local Fire Officials

Fire officials in Windsor are not only asking residents to have an escape plan, but to know two ways out.

Windsor Fire and Rescue Service has kicked off Fire Prevention Week October 8-14 with the theme "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 ways out."

"Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record dating back to 1927," says Windsor Fire Chief Stephen Laforet.

Chief Laforet says it is important for families to come up with an escape plan and practice it.

"Fire and smoke move faster than you think. The abundance of synthetic materials found in homes today burns faster and at higher temperatures than we have ever seen before."

Early detection and an escape plan are keys to surviving a house fire according to Chief Laforet.

"We want adults to teach their children what to do and also to remember that they may not always wake up when the alarm sounds so know how your children will react."


Councillor Ed Sleiman helps kick off Fire Prevention Week. October 10, 2017 (Photo by AM800's Teresinha Medeiros)

So far this year, there have been more than 50 separate fatal fires in Ontario resulting in 61 deaths.

Several key events are planned this week to mark Fire Prevention Week including a display at Devonshire Mall from October 12-14.  

Fire officials will also be at Costco October 11th from 5-7pm.