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2015-09-29 - Smoke Alarms the Focus of Upcoming Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week kicks off on October 4 with a message from local firefighters, "Hear the beep where you sleep."

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is all about stressing the importance of working smoke alarms in every bedroom and on every level of your home.

"The reason Fire Prevention Week exists is to help create awareness and remind the public about the simple things they can do to prevent fires in their homes," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "Smoke alarms play a vital role in reducing fire-related deaths, injuries and property damage. On a regular basis, our firefighters stress the message that smoke alarms save lives, but it is shocking how many people are still complacent. This week and every week, please take this message seriously. Check that your smoke alarms are working and have one installed in every sleeping room and on every level of your house."

To help spread the word about smoke alarms and fire safety and prevention, the City of Charlottetown Fire Department, in partnership with Crossroads and North River fire departments, will host a Fire Prevention event at Canadian Tire in Charlottetown on October 10 beginning at 10 a.m. There will be children’s activities, as well as handouts with important fire prevention tips. An Emergency Services truck pull, hosted by the Charlottetown Fire Department’s fire prevention division will begin at 11 a.m. as part of the Fire Prevention Week event. More than 20 teams are taking part. All are welcome to attend this free event.

"Our firefighters will be making a number of public appearances during Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 4 until October 10. We hope that people use this week as an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about fire safety and prevention," said Charlottetown Fire Chief Randy MacDonald. "If we all take it seriously, we can help prevent tragedies from occurring."

Fire services will be at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on October 8 to conduct fire extinguisher training with hospital staff. They’ll visit daycares and seniors’ homes for fire drills during the week and students will be visiting the fire station on Kent Street. Charlottetown, Crossroads and North River firefighters will also make themselves available at Home Depot in Charlottetown on Saturday, October 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) for questions and a fun craft with children.

"The other opportunity that we have during Fire Prevention Week is to recognize and thank the people who sacrifice time with their own friends and families to protect others," said Councillor Jason Coady, Chair of the City’s Protective and Emergency Services Committee. "I hope that during Fire Prevention Week people not only check their smoke alarms and review their fire safety plans, but that they also stop to thank a firefighter or any other emergency service personnel for the great work they do in our communities."

To learn more about Fire Prevention Week, smoke alarms and other fire prevention strategies, visit www.firepreventionweek.org

For safety tips and other initiatives by the Charlottetown Fire Department, visit www.charlottetownfire.com

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Media contact:

Jennifer Gavin
Communications Officer
City of Charlottetown
902-629-4102
jgavin@charlottetown.ca



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