Discuss fire safety during Fire Prevention Week

Acting Fire Chief Jeff McCormick

City of St. Catharines press release – Acting Fire Chief Jeff McCormick is urging residents to ensure everyone in their home knows how to escape if there is a fire and prevent one from starting in the first place.

“Look, listen, learn,” said the acting fire chief. “Prevention is always the best way to keep you and your family safe. If a fire does happen, time is precious and everyone needs to know how to get out and fast.”

Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere is the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week, on now until Oct. 13/2018. The acting fire chief said residents can look around their home and eliminate potential fire hazards, such as replacing damaged power cords, cleaning up kitchen clutter around their stove and ensuring sturdy fire-proof containers are available outside for smokers to use to butt out.

Every home must have working smoke alarms and working carbon monoxide alarms as per the Ontario Fire Code that will sound an early warning. Listening for the alarms will give residents precious second to escape, the acting fire chief said. And, residents should learn at least two ways out of every room and practice a home escape plan with their family.

Families are invited to discuss home escape plans, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and fire safety with firefighters during Pumpkinville at Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm on Saturday, Oct. 13. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Firefighters will also be giving away loot bags to the youngsters they meet.

Visit www.stcatharines.ca/Fire or call the Fire Prevention Office at 905.688.5600 ext. 4224 for more information or to discuss home escape plans, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and more fire safety tips.