Every second counts, plan two ways out is the message the Medicine Hat Fire Service is hammering home as part of this year's Fire Prevention Week.
It's Fire Prevention Week across North America, and the Medicine Hat Fire Service is encouraging Hatters to have an escape plan. This year's theme is “Every Second Counts, Plan Two Ways Out,” stressing the importance of being prepared in the case of a fire. Fire Marshal, Scott Hanelt, says many people don't have escape plans, because they think it will never happen to them. “Even the simplest things can turn out to be a big thing. A kitchen fire can turn out to be a big fire,” says Hanelt, “Take the time to make sure that you have working smoke alarms and an escape plan, so you have something that alerts you and then you have a means of getting out.” Hanelt says it's important to have two ways to get out of your home, along with a designated meeting place outside. He adds just like fire drills in school, families should regularly practice their escape plan throughout the year. - Jaelene Skaley
Scott Hanelt, Fire Marshal, Medicine Hat Fire Service
If you're not sure where to start, firefighters can come to your home to perform a fire safety check and to help develop an escape plan. Call the Medicine Hat Fire Service (403-529-8282) to schedule an appointment.
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