Fire Prevention Week: Fire Won’t Wait. Plan your Escape.

Published on Oct 07, 2022

Sturgeon County is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week from October 9 to 15. This year’s theme is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.” It focuses on simple and important actions you can take today to keep yourself and those around you safe from home fires.

“You may have as little as two minutes from the time the smoke alarm sounds to safely escape a home fire. You can increase your chances of getting out safely if you plan and practice your escape before an emergency occurs,” said Pat Mahoney, Manager of Protective Services.

In as little as 10 minutes, you can create a home fire escape plan unique to your home and everyone who lives there.

View the home fire escape plan template.

Home fire escape plan tips

  • Make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests. Practice at least once during the day and at night.


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