Are your smoke alarms working? Fire Prevention Week October 3 – 9

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 – for immediate release

Are your smoke alarms working? Fire Prevention Week October 3 – 9

The Oakville Fire Department invites residents to the kickoff event for Fire Prevention Week on Saturday, September 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Training/Prevention Campus. This year’s event features fire safety presentations, residential sprinkler demonstration, the Junior Firefighter Challenge, rescue demonstrations, fire truck rides, and much more.

The annual event launches Fire Prevention Week 2010 by the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office which runs from October 3-9. This year’s theme is Smoke Alarms: A  Sound You Can Live With. The Oakville Fire Department is stressing the importance of smoke alarms and reminding all residents to check that their smoke alarms are working in their home. Working smoke alarms provide the early warning of fire so that people have those extra seconds needed to escape a fire emergency. It’s the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Yet, all too often the fire service in Ontario responds to fires in homes with no working smoke alarms.

“Too many people are complacent about fire safety,” said Michael Harrison, public education officer. “People need to remember there is a one in ten chance of having a fire in their home. With all the plastic and synthetic materials we have in our homes, fire burns hotter and faster than ever before. You may have seconds to get everyone out of your home safely.”

Community groups such as the Halton Regional Police, Oakville Transit, and Oakville Hydro will also be on hand to talk about their services and providing demonstrations. Free barbecue hotdogs will also be available and each person should also bring a personal water bottle that can be refilled at the event.

Free parking is available at the Bronte Go Station on Wyecroft Road with a free shuttle bus service to the event. The Oakville Fire Training/Prevention Campus is located at 1144 South Service Road West.

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For more information

Michael Harrison                               
Public Education/Special Project Officer
Town of Oakville Fire Department        
905-338-4404


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