The Saskatoon Fire Department says having a home escape plan could make the difference between escaping a home during a fire or not.
Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Rodger says the best case scenario for each firefighter arriving at a blaze is that everybody is out safely, but unfortunately, that's not always the case. Rodger says it doesn't take too much to create a plan. He says all that's needed is drawing a map of your home showing doors and windows, and then figuring out which route is the safest from each room to an outside meeting place a safe distance away from the home. Rodger also says you should know two ways out of every room, because the main exit may be blocked by fire or other objects. He says the fire code requires all bedroom windows to be large enough so someone could get out of the window. The Saskatoon Fire Department also recommends you practice your home escape plan twice a year, and that children know how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.