Fire Prevention Week
FORT SASKATCHEWAN, ALBERTA, (October 5, 2017) – Celebrate Fire Prevention Week with our local fire fighters during an open house on Wednesday, October 11 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Residents are invited to the Walter Thomas Station for fire station tours, hotdogs, a bouncy castle and fire safety displays.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” works to better educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it. In support of Fire Prevention Week, the City of Fort Saskatchewan encourages everyone to develop a plan together and practice it.
“In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds,” said Fire Chief Shawn McKerry. “That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.”
A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home.
The National Fire Prevention Association tries to eliminate fire deaths and injuries through education programs and information sharing. Every October, Fire Prevention Week is used to highlight a lifesaving message. The message this year is that having a working smoke alarm could be the difference between life and death when it comes to a home fire.
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Fort Saskatchewan is a vibrant economic and cultural hub located just 15 minutes northeast of Edmonton on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Home to more than 25,500 people, the City proudly manages state of the art recreation, culture and historic amenities including 75 km of outdoor trails, a performing arts theatre and fitness centre within the Dow Centennial Centre and the 1875 – 1885 NWMP Fort Representation in historic downtown.