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Practice home escape in case of fire, says Port Moody Fire-Rescue

"In a typical home fire, you may have as little as two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds", Heaven said.

Have a family meeting to discuss what to do if a fire breaks out in your home.

Carbon Monoxide detectors are also being incorporated into the department's educational messages now, Minick said as many households are using natural gas and they are needed in the home.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is "trying to get people to recognize that they don't need a professional to help them make their plans. Plan and practice your escape". In fire emergencies, seconds can mean the difference between life and death.

The most recent data from Statistics Canada show that the number of structure fires declined by 26 percent between 2005 and 2014.

Merriman recommends families hold fire drills in their homes at least twice a year- once during the day and another time at night.

It was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.

In case there is a blaze, they also practice how to escape.

"Fire doesn't discriminate and can occur anywhere and anytime", says State Fire Marshal Matt Perez.

"Fire Safety is very important for newcomers in Saskatchewan", Regina Open Door Society Executive Director Darcy Dietrich said.

The 2019 Fire Prevention Week is getting back to the basics.

At the open house on Tuesday, attendees will be able to see a wide variety of fire safety gear.

JCFD is hosting a series of events in support of this year's campaign.

"We're just reminding people, stay in your kitchen while you're cooking", Weninger said.

NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922.

The public will be given the opportunity to put out a fire in the parking lot.

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