Plan and practice your escape during Fire Prevention Week

RONA in St. Catharines recently donated about $3,500 worth of fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and fire escape ladders to St. Catharines Fire Services. The donations will be given away to the public during Fire Prevention Week activities, including open houses at the City’s six fire stations on Sunday. City of St. Catharines photo

City of St. Catharines press release – In a fire situation, advance planning can make a potentially life-saving difference.

That’s the message during Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 6 to 12/2019 this year. The theme, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”, is one Acting Fire Chief Jeff McCormick hopes will inspire residents to develop an escape plan and start practicing it.

“If a fire happens, time is precious and everyone needs to know how to get out quickly,” said McCormick. “Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the little time you have to escape safely when a smoke alarm sounds.”

Every second counts, said the acting fire chief, so families should develop an escape plan with two ways out of every room, and a place to meet outside. Just as crucial is ensuring you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home.

“Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are key to an early warning. It gives residents precious seconds to escape and helps reduce the number of fire deaths,” said McCormick.

St. Catharines Fire Services is inviting families to discuss home escape plans, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and fire safety with firefighters at a variety of events during Fire Prevention Week. The City’s six fire stations will open their doors for an open house on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locations include Station 1, 64 Geneva St.; Station 2, 190 Linwell Rd.; Station 3, 285 Pelham Rd.; Station 4, 427 Merritt St.; Station 5, 149 Martindale Rd.; and Station 6, 465 Scott St.

At the open houses, firefighters will be awarding a variety of fire safety items as prizes, thanks to a donation from RONA. The Dunkirk Road store recently donated nearly $3,500 worth of fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and fire escape ladders, which will be given away to the public during Fire Prevention Week activities.

Fire Services will hold fire drills and discuss home escape plans and fire safety at schools across St. Catharines throughout the week. Families can also visit with firefighters at Home Depot on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon and build a fire plane during a kids’ workshop, and at Pumpkinville on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Firefighters will be giving out fire safety loot bags to children at Pumpkinville.

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

 

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