Town of Canmore

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week Pancake Breakfast

Join us for the annual Fire Prevention Week Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Canmore Fire Hall. Donations will be graciously accepted for the Bow Valley Food Bank (especially items like cereal, Kraft Dinner, Peanut butter, or cash). If possible, bring your own dishes to reduce waste. 

Fire Prevention Week 2022 (Oct. 9 - 15)

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. It is important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

Join NFPA® in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week™ (FPW). This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.

Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on an early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.


Home Fire Escape Planning and Practicing

It is important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different.

Have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out.

Click below for a kid-friendly activity guide to help you create your personal home escape plan:

Escape Plan Checklist 
Escape Plan Grid


Escape Planning for Older Adults 

Making a home fire escape plan for yourself and/or the older adults in your household means making plans for your abilities and home environment. Here are some tips to help guide your escape planning:  
General Tips
·   Keep your eyeglasses, mobile phone, and a flashlight by your bed/where you sleep to be able to reach them quickly in an emergency.
·   If you cannot escape safely, keep your door shut, place a towel or blanket at the bottom of the door and stand near the window for fire service to reach you. You can use a flashlight to shine out the window to alert emergency personnel. Call 911 to let the fire department know you are inside the home.
Tips for Mobility Issues
·  Reduce the risk of trips/falls during an escape by removing clutter in the hallways, stairways, and near exits/windows for a clear, safe path out of your home. Make sure all windows and doors can open in an emergency.
·  If you use a walker or wheelchair, check all exits to be sure you can fit through the doorways. Keep your walker, scooter, cane, or wheelchair by your bed/where you sleep to make sure you can reach it quickly.
·  Consider sleeping in a room on the ground floor to make emergency escape easier.  
Tips for Hearing/Visual/Cognitive Impairments
·  If you are deaf, hearing impaired, or have trouble hearing, install a bedside alert such as a bed shaker alarm that works with your smoke alarm to alert you of a fire. 
·  Strobe light alarms can be added to your smoke alarms for a visual alert. These can be found online or in most retail and hardware stores.

·  For people who are visually impaired or blind, the sound of the smoke alarm can become disorienting in an emergency. Practice the escape plan with the sound of the alarm to become familiar with, and practice with the extra noise.
·  For people with cognitive disabilities, work with their healthcare providers and local fire department to make a plan that works for their needs.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. Smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement) of your home. Do not put smoke alarms in your kitchen or bathrooms.

Choose an alarm that is listed with a testing laboratory, meaning it has met certain standards for protection.

For the best protection, use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are interconnected throughout the home. These can be installed by a qualified electrician so that when one sounds, they all sound. This ensures you can hear the alarm no matter where in your home the alarm originates.

Smoke Alarm Tips

·  Click here to learn how to install your smoke alarm.
·  A continued set of three loud beeps—beep, beep, beep—means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out.
·  A single “chirp” every 30 to 60 seconds means either: the battery is low and needs to be replaced, the alarm has reached the end of its life, or the alarm is not working properly, and the entire unit needs to be replaced.
·  All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.
·  Smoke alarms save lives! To learn how to properly test your smoke alarm, click here.


FAQ

What’s the difference between smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms? Why do I need both?
Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. In the event of fire, you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape safely, which is why smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement). Do not put smoke alarms in your kitchen or bathrooms.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that displaces oxygen in your body and brain and can render you unconscious before you even realize something is happening to you. Without vital oxygen, you are at risk of death from carbon monoxide poisoning in a short time. CO alarms detect the presence of carbon monoxide and alert you so you can get out, call 9-1-1, and let the professionals check your home.
How do I know which smoke and CO alarm to choose for my home?
Choose an alarm that is listed with a testing laboratory, meaning it has met certain standards for protection. Whether you select a unit that requires yearly changing of batteries, or a 10-year unit that you change out at the end of the 10 years, either will provide protection.

CO alarms also have a battery backup. Choose one that is listed with a testing laboratory. For the best protection, use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are interconnected throughout the home. These can be installed by a qualified electrician, so that when one sounds, they all sound. This ensures you can hear the alarm no matter where in your home the alarm originates.

Other Fire Prevention Information

Kitchen Safety Tips
·  Have a home fire extinguisher, store it in an accessible place, and know how to use it.
·  Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
· If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding a lid over the pan.
·  Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 1 metre around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried. 
·  To prevent overheating and ignition of cooking oil, fry foods in a temperature-controlled deep-fat fryer or skillet designed for a maximum temperature of 200 °C.
·  Use back burners whenever possible and turn pot handles inward to reduce the risk of pots being knocked over.
·  Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, and other items that can burn, away from your stovetop.
·  In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat, and keep the door closed.
·  If a fire starts in the microwave oven, leave the door closed, turn it off, and unplug it from the wall. Get out and call 9-1-1.

If you have a fire in your kitchen and your initial attempts to smother the flames do not work, leave your home, and call 9-1-1.
Smoke Alarms 
·  Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. 
·  Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
·  Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
·  Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
·  Have an escape plan. 
Carbon Monoxide Alarms 

You can’t see, smell or taste carbon monoxide gas. Inhaling it can cause serious illness or death, so it is important to protect yourself and your family by having carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Make sure your smoke and CO alarms meet the needs of everyone in your home, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.


What do the sounds mean?

·  A continuous set of four loud beeps—beep, beep, beep, beep—means carbon monoxide is present in your home. Go outside, call 9-1-1 and stay out.
·  A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be replaced.
·  CO alarms also have “end of life” sounds that vary by manufacturer. This means it’s time to get a new CO alarm.
·  Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.

For more information on carbon monoxide, the symptoms of exposure, and how to install and maintain alarms, please click here.

What is Fire Prevention Week?
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

Resources

Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Tip Sheet

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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