Fire Prevention Week 2018

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The Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue Service is hosting an open house on Saturday, October 13th to mark Fire Prevention Week. Visit us at the Fire Hall located at 19240 122A Avenue in Pitt Meadows on October 13th from 11am to 3:00pm for informative displays and fun activities, refreshments and more! And don’t miss our side-by-side sprinkler demo at 1:00pm. You won’t want to miss it!

Home fires today can burn faster than ever. Occupants may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

The Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue Service is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years – to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere”. The campaign works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire. Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, 2018.

Data from Statistics Canada show that the number of structure fires declined by 26 per cent between 2005 and 2014. However, residential fires consistently accounted for roughly six of every 10 structural fires during that period. According to StatsCan, cooking equipment and smokers’ material caused approximately six of every 10 residential fires.

“These numbers show that while we’ve made significant progress in teaching people how to prevent fires from happening, there’s still much more work to do in terms of educating the public about how to protect themselves in the event of one,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “This is particularly critical given the increased speed at which today’s home fires grow and spread.”

 

This year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

  • Look for places fire could start
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
  • Learn two ways out of every room

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit www.firepreventionweek.org and www.gov.bc.ca/FireSafety