Oct. 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week across Canada and this year's theme is “Fire won't wait. Plan your escape.”
It's a message local fire departments, including Taylor Fire Rescue is, are hoping to get out.
“A fire escape plan is something you want to get your whole family involved in,” said firefighter Josh Carrell.
“You want everyone to know where your escape routes are, what your plan is once you get out, and where are you going to meet. Make sure everyone is safe!”
Another important part of any plan: to have two different routes of escape, including possibly a window that can easily be opened and a ladder or step if it's high off the ground.
Carrell also recommends you have fire drills to prepare everyone in the event of a real fire.
According to figures released by the Province of B.C., there have been over 1,900 structure fires and 32 lives lost since the start of the year.
As part of the campaign, fire departments around the region are visiting schools this week talking with kids about fire safety including the importance of a working smoke or carbon monoxide detector.
“So, this is a good time to check your smoke detector batteries. Always good to change them once a year unless they've got the built-in ones,” said Carrell.
“You should also check your CO2 meters as well. In fact, it's a good idea to check them every month. Maybe, consider even changing the batteries this week, during Fire Prevention Week, 'cause it's a good time to do it.”
Another part of the campaign in Taylor is to visit the homes of seniors in the community and offer to check their detectors and change the batteries, if necessary.
That will be done tonight, Wednesday evening.
“Check for clutter both inside and outside of the home. That's a big one,” added Carrell.
“Making sure your paths are clear. No fire dangers present. And, when you're cooking...if you happen to have a grease fire in a pot or pan, cover it with a lid. Don't use water, that'll just make it worse. Have a fire extinguisher at the ready in your kitchen is a good thing to have.”
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the event.
More details on fire safety can be found here.