It’s all about fire safety this month

Fire Prevention Week is October 7 to 13

Guelph, Ont., October 5, 2018 – The Guelph Fire Department is hosting two events to highlight fire safety during Fire Prevention Week, October 7 to 13.

On Friday, October 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, Guelph firefighters will be at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 372 Stone Road West. The ‘Coffee with a Firefighter’ event is an opportunity for the public to meet with firefighters and learn about fire safety. Attendees can also enjoy a free small hot brewed coffee.

On Saturday, October 13, residents can learn more about fire safety in the home through family-oriented educational activities at this year’s Fire Prevention Day.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Home Depot located at 63 Woodlawn Road West.

Inside the store, children are invited to build a fire rescue boat. As space is limited, pre-registration is required through the store’s website homedepot.ca. Outside, residents are invited to meet firefighters, check out the antique fire truck and inflatable fire safety house, learn how to use a fire extinguisher, and learn how to put out a cooking fire. Sparky the fire dog will also make a special appearance.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is ‘Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware—fire can happen anywhere.’ The campaign highlights three steps people can take to prevent fires from occurring and to quickly and safely escape a fire:

  1. Look for potential fire hazards around your home. Take action to prevent fire from starting:
  • Always stay in the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove.
  • Encourage smokers to smoke outside. Always extinguish cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over.
  • Check electrical cords for damage such as fraying or nicks. A damaged cord can expose wires and result in a potential shock or fire hazard.
  1. Listen for the smoke alarms in an emergency. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarms and can hear them in an emergency. Early detection of fire provided by smoke alarms gives you the extra seconds you need to get out safely.
  2. Learn two ways out of every room. Practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home before a fire starts so you and your family can get out quickly.

“Home is the place people feel safest, but it can also be the place people are at greatest risk for fire,” says Matt Valeriote, assistant chief fire prevention officer. “Fire and smoke move faster than you. There’s no time to figure out how to escape your home after a fire starts. Practice a home fire escape plan before there’s a fire so you can get out safely.”

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.
  • 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 National Fire Protection Association’s website at firepreventionweek.org.

For more information

Matt Valeriote
Assistant Chief Fire Prevention Officer
Guelph Fire Department
519-822-1260 extension 2136
matt.valeriote@guelph.ca