Have two ways out in case of a fire

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

"In case one's cut off then you've got your secondary means to get away from the fire or the emergency," he explains. "Say there's a fire in the stairwell and the kids are sleeping up in their room, they wouldn't be able to get out that stairwell."

He adds that this is especially a problem in the north, as windows can freeze, so it's important to exercise windows and make sure children know how to use a ladder to get to safety.

Throughout the week, firemen will be visiting elementary schools around the city speaking to grade three students about having two ways out, as well as making sure their family has a home escape plan. A poster contest will be held for all students, of which the winner will get to be Fire Chief for the Day. The Fire Chief for the Day will get a set of kid's firefighting gear, and will be taken to school in the ladder truck. At lunch they and their friends will be picked up and taken to the Fire Hall to have lunch with the mayor, the Fire Chief and the crew. After school they'll get a tour around the city.

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Fire Safety Day this year is October 13, which will kick off with the parade leaving from the Fire Hall at 11:00 a.m. The parade will take them to Home Hardware where there will be a barbecue, as well as a live fire burn and fire extinguisher demonstration. Caughill says that the live fire burn helps show the importance of having a smoke detector.

"The people can see when the fire develops the time from when the fire develops to when the smoke detector's activated, and then from then to when it goes to an unsurviveable fire," he explains. "So it's to drive home to the people that having a working smoke detector will save your life. If you don't have that early notification, your chances are reduced up to 75 per cent.

The fire safety house will also be on hand, as well as fire trucks from Charlie Lake and Taylor. For more information on fire prevention and fire escape plans or Fire Prevention Week call the Fire Hall at 250-787-4333.

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