Plan Your Escape - Fire Prevention Week 2019

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Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12 in New Brunswick.

A release from the Department of Public Safety says this year's theme, "Not every hero wears a cape - Plan and practice your escape!", focuses on the importance of home-escape planning.

“From the time the alarm sounds, you may have as little as one minute to safely escape,” said Provincial Fire Marshal Michael Lewis. “Fire safety begins at home. Identify your exits and plan and practise your escape.”

The province is reminding people to do the following while developing and practising a home escape plan:
- Draw a map of your home will all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit;
- Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year - one at night and one during the day - with everyone in your home, and practise using different ways out;
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them;
- Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find;
- Close doors behind you as you leave. This may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire;
- Have a designated meeting place outside and once you get outside,stay outside;
- Never go back inside a burning building;
- Call 9-1-1 from outside the home;

The Office of the Fire Marshal has distributed this year's Fire Safety Gazzette to all students from kindergarten to Grade 5, which contains games, puzzles and fire safety information for children and their families.