PARKSVILLE – It does not take long for a fire to spread and to put you or your family in danger.
This is Fire Prevention Week and the theme is “Every Second Counts : Plan Two Ways Out” Parksville Fire Chief Marc Norris says it’s crucial to have an escape plan.
“These days with the types of combustibles we have in houses. Low mass synthetics, they burn very quickly. Fires reach high temperatures faster than ever before. That’s why it’s so important.” he said.
Having a plan is one part of the equation. Norris says practicing the escape is also vital.
“When you watch a fire drill at an elementary school the kids react quickly, they’re organized and they leave the school right away,” said Norris. “There’s no reason why people shouldn’t be doing the exact same things at their house, because every second does count in those situations.”
It’s also recommended that you check your smoke detectors. Norris says they have a shelf life of about 10 years and he suggests you check the manufacturers date.
As part of Fire Prevention Week, the department is hosting an open house Sunday, October 15 from 10-2 at the hall on Jensen Avenue West.