Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9 - 15


Plan your escape - Fire doesn’t wait!

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 9-15, and this year the theme is “Protect Your Family from Fire” by creating a fire evacuation plan.

In addition to creating a fire evacuation plan, every home in B.C. should have smoke alarms and an extinguisher, and families are encouraged to make a habit of checking the batteries and testing the alarms once a month.

Established in Canada in 1919, Fire Prevention Week is an annual event near the week of Oct. 8, the date of one of the most significant fires in North America, the 1871 Chicago Fire. The main objective is to raise awareness concerning fire safety and to keep the public informed.

Fire safety information, including booklets with fun family resources and a map to create a fire evacuation plan, are available online and through participating fire departments.

To view the children's activity booklet, Fire Safety and You, and home escape plan visit HERE. For more information on fire safety tips check out this government website.

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