Dianne St. Jean

They’re there for us!

Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14, 2017
Thanks to our FireFighters and First Responders

During this season of fire prevention awareness, we want to give special mention to fire fighters and first responders for their sacrificial service.

Sacrificial, because these men and women volunteer their time and strength to come to our aid at a moment’s notice. 

While fire fighters, of course, fight fires, most of the calls they respond to involve rescue and traffic accidents.

This brand of brave and dedicated men and women put their own lives at risk to help us.

We recently saw reports of this during the Las Vegas shooting incident, where first responders shielded others from the spray of bullets with their bodies or pulled out the injured under gunfire. That’s the kind of heroes we’re talking about.

“Thanks” does not sufficiently describe your value to us!

Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14, 2017

Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14, 2017


“Every second counts – plan 2 ways out”

Every year during Fire Prevention Week fire departments across the country speak to the public and visit schools to raise awareness about the dangers of fire.

While all are equally important, every year a special theme is chosen that emphasizes some aspect of fire safety and prevention.

This year’s theme is “Every second counts – plan 2 ways out”, how to keep your family safe by having, and practicing, an escape plan.

Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14, 2017
Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14, 2017


Make it a household activity

Seven steps are already laid out on how to do this. They include:

Draw a floor plan of your home showing all doors and windows.

Find 2 ways out of very room.

Make sure windows and doors are not blocked.

Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home.

Push the test button to sound the smoke alarm.

Practice your drill with everyone in your home.

Get outside to your meeting place.

It is important to talk about your plan with everyone in your home. 

Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14, 2017

Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14, 2017

Other important reminders

We hear it every year, yet often neglect this very important reminder: Have working smoke alarms.

According to the Canada Safety Council many fatal fires start at night. Smoke alone won't necessarily wake you up. In fact, the fumes could put you into an even deeper sleep. Often, victims never wake up. Only a working smoke alarm can save your life.

Smoke alarms should be on every floor of your home. Single level homes and apartments should have smoke alarms near the kitchen and all sleeping areas. Test them to make sure they all work. Replace batteries every year. A non-working alarm is worse than none at all because it can give you a false sense of security.

Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14, 2017

Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14, 2017