Fire Prevention Week 2018 will take place from October 7 to October 13. Sponsored by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), Fire Prevention Week has been observed annually since 1922. It is held each year in October in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, Fire Prevention Week is used to teach people about the steps they can take to prevent fires, as well as how they can safely escape in the event of a fire. The theme of this year’s education campaign is “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” The goals of the campaign are to have residents:
- Look around their home, identify potential fire hazards, and take care of those hazards before they become even more of a danger.
- Listen for the sound of a smoke alarm. Residents and their families should decide on an outdoor meeting place a safe distance from their home and go there when they hear the sound of the alarm.
- Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
As part of Fire Prevention Week, the Town of Stony Plain Fire Department will host their annual Jr. Chief for a Day Colouring Contest. Entry forms will be delivered to local kindergarten to grade 3 students. The winner will be picked up from their school in a fire truck and brought to the hall for the day.
“Fire Prevention Week allows us to create awareness around the common hazards that can cause a fire, as well as what residents can do to prevent them,” says Town of Stony Plain Fire Chief Trevor Mistal. “Of course, we also educate the public about how they can escape a fire safely, but the ultimate goal is to prevent fires from happening in the first place. This is absolutely possible when the community is proactive, responsible, and armed with valuable life-saving knowledge.”
“It’s extremely important to be as educated as possible when it comes to preventing fires,” says Mayor William Choy. “There are many small steps we can take to help ensure the safety of our homes, ourselves, and our loved ones. Fire Prevention Week is an opportunity to learn what we can do as adults, as well as to pass these vital lessons on to the youngest members of our community.”
The Town of Stony Plain will share fire safety and prevention tips with residents via social media each day of Fire Prevention Week. Learn more about fire prevention and safety at www.stonyplain.com/firedepartment.
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Town of Stony Plain Fire Department
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Town of Stony Plain