Fire Prevention week may be over, but the importance of fire safety sticks around the entire year. The London Fire Department says the week of presentations and information is a yearly reminder of the fire hazards we encounter everyday. “Look, Listen and Learn- fire can happen anywhere,” is theme this year, and Fire Prevention Inspector with the London Fire Department Ryan Dyck says all fire prevention week themes can be applied to may fire situations.
“We try to teach people. like anything the more practice the better you’re going to be at it. Practice your home escape plan, practice a fire drill, know where your meeting place is once you do exit the building. Just become familiar with different ways to get out. Because in most situations you may not be able to utilize the exit that you are most commonly familiar with. A lot of people think I’ll go out the door I came in, but a lot of the time you cannot utilize that door. So it makes you become familiar with the building when it comes down to a real life scenario.”
Wortley Road Public School wrapped up their final fire drill of the fall, hear more from Principal Helen Brown and Fire Prevention Inspector Ryan Dyck in the video below.
Students and staff evacuated the building in 2 minutes and 27 seconds, which is not their fastest says Brown. Brown adds that in the Spring their goal is to reach under 2 minutes.
Elementary Schools are a common place to practice many types of emergency drills. There are many requirements by law that schools must follow. This includes having a fire safety plan that meets the requirements of the Ontario Fire Code, the approved plan is to be kept in a fire safety lock box at the main entrance of the building and the plan must establish responsibilities for staff members in case of emergencies.
Wortley Road does the following to be prepared for all kinds of emergencies:
- 3 Fire Drills in the Fall
- 3 Fire Drills in the Spring
- 1 Severe Weather Drill in the Fall and Spring
- 1 Lock-down Drill in the Fall and Spring
Other places, such as a home setting like residence or at your workplace all have concerns when it comes to fire risks. The London Fire Department recommends sticking to look, listen and learn all year round and become aware of multiple exit routes, identify and eliminate fire hazards, get out of danger and prepare for any kind of emergency.
Look Listen & Learn. Fire Prevention week is underway and the London Fire Department is at Fanshawe providing information for students. #FirePreventionWeek2018 #Ldnont #FireSafety pic.twitter.com/Mgzd29NoIW
— XFM News (@XFMNews) October 11, 2018