Hanover fire siren sounds to remind residents to hold fire drills

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The Hanover Fire Department is urging residents to develop and practice a fire escape plan

Hanover residents got a loud reminder to practice their home fire escape plan.

Fire Prevention Officer Rob Hagan said they sounded the old siren at the fire hall at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night to mark Fire Prevention Week.

“Every member of the home can be involved in home escape planning. This ensures that each member of the family understands what to do in case of emergencies,” said Hagan, “Everyone who helps the family understand their role in a home escape plan is a hero as they are helping to make their family safer during emergency situations in the home.”

This Fire Prevention Week honours everyday people who motivate their households to develop and practice a home fire escape plan.

“Advance planning and practice can make a huge difference when faced with a fire situation,” said Hagan. “In a fire situation, escape has to be completed quickly to ensure everyone remains safe.”

Hagan notes that plastics and man-made fibres used in modern home furnishings, and new construction practices are contributing factors to the increased burn rate.

A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level and in every bedroom, plus two ways out of every room. You also need a clear path to an outside meeting place.

Residents attended an open house last night at the fire hall to learn more about fire safety.

This year’s theme is, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”