Not every hero wears a cape

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Georgina Fire and Rescue Services is joining forces with the Office of the Fire Marshal and the National Fire Protection Association, the official sponsor, to promote Fire Prevention Week. It runs from Oct. 6 to 12 and the theme this year is – Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practise your escape.

“The goal of this year’s campaign is to educate people about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe,” said Fire Chief Ron Jenkins. “Being aware of your surroundings is a skill people need to use wherever they go. Always look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”

In Canada, most fire deaths occur in the home, where people believe they are the safest. Canadian fire departments respond to roughly 25,600 structure fires per year. In 2015, these fires caused more than 1,400 injuries and almost 200 deaths.

In a typical home fire, people have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practise can help make the most of the time, giving everyone enough time to get out.

Georgina Fire and Rescue Services is hosting its annual Open House at the Sutton Fire Hall, 37 Snooks Rd., on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in support of Fire Prevention Week. The event will include a free pancake breakfast and barbecue, interactive stations and various community partners. There will also be a side-by-side burn demo showing the importance of home escape planning and sprinklers.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit georgina.ca/fire.