It’s Fire Prevention Week – do you have 2 ways out?

October 7-13 is Fire Preventions Week and this year’s theme is Do You Have 2 Ways Out?

Every family should have a fire escape plan for every room in the home and also a backup plan in case the main exit is blocked.

According to Ottawa Fire Services, in case of fire in your home, occupants should:

• Exit the building.

• Have a meeting place.

• Call 9-1-1 from a safe location.

• Never go back into the home until an Ottawa Fire Services representative tells you it is safe to do so.

“I encourage Ottawa residents to practice fire safety, not just this week, but every week of the year,” said Mayor Watson. “Ottawa Fire Services not only protects us but also gives us the education and tools we need to protect ourselves.”

“Too many people install working smoke alarms in their homes and do nothing more to prepare for the occurrence of a fire,” said Ottawa Fire Chief John deHooge. “Smoke alarms are vital, but you also need to know how to respond when they go off. Everyone needs to have a fire escape plan that includes a primary and secondary escape route.”

Throughout the week, Ottawa Fire Services will have displays and activities at libraries, shopping centres, an Ottawa 67s game and all Home Depot outlets. You can find a list of these locations at

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