Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Emergency Preparedness Mike Farnworth has issued the following statement to the people of British Columbia on Fire Prevention Week:
“On the heels of an unprecented wildfire season in British Columbia, fire safety is top of mind for families throughout the province and beyond. From October 8 to 14, the annual Fire Prevention Week serves as yet another reminder to all British Columbians to test fire alarms, review evacuation plans, practise fire drills and store functioning extinguishers.
“When a fire occurs, every second matters. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out! is so important. It emphasizes the need to have fire escape plans that families have practised and can quickly put into action.
“Fire safety starts at home. To help prepare a fire escape plan, we remind all British Columbians to draw a map of their homes with all windows and doors, visit each room and find two ways out. Discuss this plan with everyone in the household, and practise fire drills twice a year. Ensure that working smoke alarms are placed in all appropriate areas, and choose a safe place to meet outside.
“Fire escape plans are not only important at home but also at schools, child-care centres and places of employment. Fire safety planning will better prepare your family, friends and community members to react safely in the event of a fire.
“Fire Prevention Week is about raising public awareness on the dangers of fire and how to be better prepared. I encourage all British Columbians to take part – and plan ahead!”