Every Second Counts! The Hamilton Fire Department is urging families in Hamilton to practice their home fire escape plan as part of Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 8-14, 2017, is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”
“Fire and smoke move faster than you,” said Fire Chief David Cunliffe. “There’s no time to figure out how to escape your home AFTER a fire starts. Practice an escape plan BEFORE there’s a fire so you can get out safely.”
In a fire, you may have just seconds to safely escape your home. Be prepared in advance with these simple steps for home fire escape planning:
- Assess the needs of everyone in your home Identify anyone who requires assistance to get out of the home safely, such as small children or older adults.
- Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm.
- Identify all possible exits (doors and windows) and make sure they work. Know two ways out of all areas, if possible.
- Everyone must know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Assign someone to help those who need assistance. Identify a safe meeting place outside. Call the fire department from outside the home – from a neighbour’s home or a cell phone.
- Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year Have everyone participate. Make changes to your plan if necessary.
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Events being held during the week include:
Public Open House at the Multi Agency Training Academy
New this year; the Hamilton Fire Department are pleased to invite the public to an open house at our Multi-Agency Training Academy on Monday October 9, 2017 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. The Multi-Agency Training Academy is located at 1227 Stone Church Road East.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to meet with firefighters and get a first-hand look at the apparatus and equipment that it used at incident scenes. Firefighters will also be demonstrating a high angle rope rescue, an auto extrication scenario and extinguish a car fire. There will be lots of opportunity to share fire safety and emergency preparedness information.
Fire Station Open House – City Wide
On Monday, October 9th, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm all fire stations across the City will open their doors for our annual open house. Residents will have an opportunity to meet with the fire-fighters, tour the stations, view apparatus and equipment and talk about fire safety.
Educating our Elementary School children
Our Fire Safety Trailer will be visiting elementary schools throughout the City during from October 3rd to the 14th. Our goal is to engage with students in grades 1 through 4 and provide them an opportunity to learn in an interactive environment. Students will learn about smoke alarms and home escape planning, with an emphasis on how to evacuate a home in the event of a fire. (Schedule attached)
Engaging students at McMaster University
On the morning of Wednesday, October 11th, we are partnering with McMaster University and will be at the Student Centre to promote fire safety to the students. Students will be provided with helpful information on fire & carbon monoxide safety in their residence.
Firefighter for a Day - Members of City Council & Local Media
New this year; On Thursday October 12, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 3:30pm, members of City Council along with several of our media partners will have an opportunity to learn first-hand about the job of a Hamilton Firefighter. Participants will experience what it is like to wear full firefighting gear, conduct a search and rescue evolution, extinguish a car fire, climb an aerial ladder and enter a smoke filled building wearing full bunker gear and breathing apparatus.
Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training)
From Friday October 13th to Sunday October 15th, the Hamilton Fire Department will host Camp FFIT at the Multi-Agency Training Academy, 1227 Stone Church Road East. This program which is supported by Fire Service Women Ontario is for young women; age 16 to 19 who are interested in learning more about a future career in firefighting. Camp FFIT provides participants with first-hand knowledge of the duties of a firefighter while developing emergency preparedness skills.