Kids Day to focus on fire safety

West Kelowna Fire Rescue is teaching fire safety during Fire Prevention Week, which runs from Oct. 7 to 13.

Rabbits have two exits from their underground homes so they can safely get away from danger.

The long-eared animals’ actions are being highlighted this week as West Kelowna Fire Rescue teaches local kids about the importance of having two ways out of every building.

“When families are practicing their escape plan with two ways out of every room, they have a better chance of escaping during an emergency,” said Kelly Wilson, fire and life safety educator.

Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 7 to 13. West Kelowna Fire Rescue is involved with several events throughout the week, but the biggest takes place this Sunday.

Kids Day will take place from 12 to 4 p.m. at the West Kelowna Fire Hall. The event is geared toward those from Kindergarten to Grade 3 and will feature truck tours, activities, safety lessons and an appearance of Sparky the fire dog.

Last year 800 children and parents came out to the event.

Wilson said kids are receptive to the advice given during Fire Prevention Week.

“These kids are really smart. They take the stuff home and they remind their parents to check their smoke alarms, make sure the batteries are replaced and know two ways out,” said Wilson.

“The younger kids are higher risk, so we want to target them when they’re young and hopefully get a fire safe generation going.”

For more information on Fire Prevention Week, and to enter to win fire safe prizes, visit safeathome.ca/twowaysout.

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