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Severn Fire and Emergency Services is challenging everyone to practice their Home Fire Escape Plan

Severn, Ontario: Severn Fire and Emergency Services department is participating in the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week TM (FPW), happening this year from October 9 to15. This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.” works to inform everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.

“Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.” 

Lorraine Carli, Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy, NFPA

“It is important for everyone to plan and practice escaping from their home in case of fire. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different. Make sure to have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities or other challenges may need assistance to wake up and get out. Your home fire escape plan should consider how to get everyone out as quickly and safely as possible."

Jake Hawkins, Fire Prevention Officer, Township of Severn

Home fire escape planning tips

Severn Fire and Emergency Services department staff wants to share these key home fire escape planning tips:

  • make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities
  • smoke alarms should be installed outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home
  • know at least two ways out of every room (if possible)
  • make sure all doors and windows open easily, and that all doors are free of obstacles and clutter (in the winter, it is also important to clear snow and ice away from doors and windows so that you can get out, and that emergency services can enter your home)
  • identify an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet
  • practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household
  • practice your home fire escape at least once during the day and once at night

Fire Prevention Week events in Severn

Severn Fire and Emergency Services department is hosting an event in partnership with the Severn Township Public Library in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.” 

Event details

Join the Township's Fire Prevention Officer and Severn's volunteer firefighters to talk about fire safety and how to practice your home fire escape plan. This event has been developed for children, but all are welcome. Come dressed for the weather, as some of the event may take place outdoors. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is encouraged, but not required. 

  • Where: Severn Township Library, 31 Coldwater Road, Coldwater
  • Ages: 5 to 12 years of age
  • Date: Saturday, October 15
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

You can register or ask questions about the event by contacting the Severn Township Public Library by email at or by phone at 705-686-3601

The importance of working smoke alarms

A reminder that by law, every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. However, too often fatal fires in Ontario occur in homes where there were no working smoke alarms. Testing your alarms is the only way to ensure they are working and that you and your family can be alerted in the event of a fire. Test them regularly and practice your home fire escape plan at least twice per year.

Please contact Severn's Fire Prevention Officer to request further fire safety information, or to book a presentation or visit with your school, business, or group event. 

Township of Severn Fire and Emergency Services department provides a range of fire and emergency services to protect life, property and the environment. We do this through education, prevention, investigation, training, rescue, fire suppression and basic life support services. Severn fire department relies on trained members from throughout our community who serve as volunteer firefighters. 

Staff contact

Jake Hawkins
Fire Prevention Officer
Phone: 705-325-2315 x248
Email Jake

Media contact

Tracy Roxborough
Communications Officer
Phone: 705-325-2315 x249
Email Tracy