Fire Prevention Week runs from October 7-13, 2018

Posted On Tuesday October 02, 2018
Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.
Fire Prevention Week runs from October 7-13, 2018
Muskoka, October 2, 2018 - The Muskoka Fire Prevention Officers are urging everyone in
Muskoka to LOOK, LISTEN and LEARN about fire safety during this year’s Fire Prevention
Week. This year’s theme of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 7-13, 2018, is
“LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”
The theme focuses on three fundamental actions people can take to be fire-safe:
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.
2. 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. Understand the signs of an
activated smoke alarm including signalling devices and strobe lights. Early detection of
fire provided by smoke alarms gives you the extra seconds you need to get out safely.
3. 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.
“Everyone has a responsibility to protect their family and home from fire. Prevention is always
the best course of action. Identify potential fire hazards in your home and take action to make
sure a fire doesn’t start.”
“Only working smoke alarms give you the early notification of fire and the time you and your
family need to safely escape. Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early
warning is crucial to survival.”
“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.” — Gravenhurst Fire Chief Larry Brassard
For more information, contact:
Breyan Sinnott, Fire Prevention Officer, Gravenhurst Fire Department or 705-687-3414 Ext. 223