Learn about fire safety on October 14

Guelph, Ont., October 6, 2017 – The Guelph Fire Department is hosting its annual Fire Prevention Day on Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Home Depot, 63 Woodlawn Rd. West.

Residents can learn more about fire safety in the home through educational family-oriented activities.

Inside the store, children are invited to build a fire house bank. Outside, residents are invited to meet firefighters, check out the antique fire truck and inflatable fire safety house, and learn how to use a fire extinguisher, how to put out a cooking fire, and how to make an escape plan. Sparky the fire dog will also make a special appearance.

Fire Prevention Week 2017

During Fire Prevention Week, October 8 to 14, the Guelph Fire Department is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind the public of the importance of making and practicing a fire escape plan—a planning tool for getting out safely in the event of a fire. This year’s theme is ‘Every second counts. Plan two ways out.’

“A fast, pre-planned escape is critical to survival,” says Matt Valeriote, assistant chief fire prevention officer. “There are no second chances in a fire. If a fire happens you need to be out of your home when the firefighters arrive. And once out, stay out.”

Fire safety tips

The Guelph Fire Department recommends the following fire safety tips:

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button. Consider vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours who may need assistance maintaining and testing their smoke alarms.
  • Change the batteries once a year.
  • Replace smoke alarms within the time frame indicated in the manufacturer’s instructions or if they don’t sound when tested.
  • Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your household. Know the two ways out of each room, if possible.
  • Determine who’s going to help young children, older adults, people with disabilities or anyone else who needs help escaping.
  • When the smoke alarm sounds, get out and stay out. Go to your meeting place outside your home.
  • Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

Visit guelph.ca/fire for more fire safety information or to learn more about Fire Prevention Week visit the NFPA’s website at firepreventionweek.org.

For more information

Matt Valeriote
Assistant Chief Fire Prevention Officer
Guelph Fire Department
519-822-1260 extension 2136