Fire Prevention Week Reminders

Fire Departments Remind Residents to Plan and Practise Escape
Posted on 09/26/2019
The Charlottetown, Crossroads and North River Fire Departments are teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practise Your Escape!” The campaign, which takes place from October 6 – 12, is designed to educate the public about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

In Canada, most fire deaths occur in the home where people believe they are safest. Canadian fire departments respond to roughly 25,600 structure fires per year. In 2015, structure fires caused more than 1,400 injuries and almost 200 deaths. (Note: Fire data for 2012-2016 was obtained by the NFPA from 10 of the 13 provincial and territorial offices of the fire marshal/fire commissioner; 2015 is the most recent year for which injury/fatality data is available from the NFPA).

“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practise can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.”

While NFPA and the Fire Departments are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location.

“Smoke alarms save lives,” said Charlottetown Fire Chief Randy MacDonald. “No matter where you are, look for available exits and, if the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building you are in immediately.”

The local Fire Departments are hosting a series of free events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign including a Fire Prevention display at Canadian Tire parking lot (20 Babineau Avenue) on Saturday, October 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Open House at the Charlottetown Fire Department, Station 1 (89 Kent Street) on Sunday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., an Open House at the North River Fire Department on Sunday, October 6 from 12 p.m. 4 p.m. and an Open House at Crossroads Fire Department, which will be announced by Crossroads at a later date.

“Fire Prevention Week provides us with another opportunity to remind the public to check their smoke alarms to ensure they are in working order,” said North River Fire Department Chief Anson Grant.

“We can never talk about fire prevention enough; education is key. The simple things like checking the batteries in your smoke alarms, testing your alarms, and practicing your escape can save your life,” said Dave Hughes, Acting Fire Chief at Crossroads Fire Department.

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit: https://www.nfpa.org/fpw
For more information on the Charlottetown Fire Department, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/fire