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Port Hope chief speaks out on fire prevention

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

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PORT HOPE -- Port Hope Fire Chief and director of fire and emergency service C. Ryan Edgar is urging local families to practice their home fire escape plan as part of Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8 to 14.

This year's theme is Every Second Counts - Plan Two Ways Out.

"Fire and smoke move faster than you," Edgar stated in the municipality's press release.

"There's no time to figure out how to escape your home after a fire starts. Practice an escape pla before there's a fire, so you can get out safely."

The chief shared several good tips for planning in advance:

  • "Assess the needs of everyone in your home to identify anyone who requires assistance to get out of the home safely, such as small children or older adults. Assign someone to help those who need assistance.
  • Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas.
  • Identify all possible exits (doors and windows), and make sure they work. Know two ways out of all areas, if possible.
  • Everyone must know the sound of the smoke alarm, and be familiar with what to do when it sounds.
  • Identify a safe meeting place outside the home, and make your call to the fire department from outside the home - from a neighbour's home or a cell phone.
  • Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year, with everyone participating, and make changes to the plan if necessary.

The Port Hope Fire & Emergency Services Department is hosting open houses across the municipality at the three fire stations -- located in Port Hope, Welcome and Garden Hill -- on Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in support of Fire Prevention Week and this year's campaign. Each fire station will have activities, fire safety information, free food and drinks and, most of all, fun (so bring the whole family). Additionally, the inflatable Fire Safety House will be set upat the Garden Hill station.

For more information contact the Municipality of Port Hope Fire & Emergency Services Department (5325 County Rd. 10, 905.753.2230 or