Fam­i­lies en­cour­aged to do the drill

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

As New­found­land and Labrador’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Fire Chiefs, I am proud to ac­knowl­edge the e f forts of fire de­part­ments and ele­men­tary schools across the prov­ince dur­ing Fire Pre­ven­tion Week, which runs from Oct. 3-9.

I’m ap­peal­ing to all par­ents to sup­port your young­sters when they come home ex­cited to help make your home more fire safe by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the “ The Great Cana­dian Fire Drill.”

Through­out Oc­to­ber, chil­dren in Kinder­garten to Grade 3 will be taught how to cre­ate and prac­tice a home fire es­cape plan. Plus, class­rooms and fam­i­lies can win valu­able home safety prizes from our pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion part­ners Scholas­tic, Du­ra­cell and Kidde Canada.

Help New­found­land and Labrador be a leader in “ The Great Cana­dian Fire Drill.”

Please reg­is­ter you r supp o r t at www.safeathome. Com­plete your fam­ily es­cape plan, prac­tice it, then print out your per­son­al­ized “ We Did The Drill” cer­tifi­cate.

Re­mem­ber these fam­ily fire safety tips: in­stall smoke alarms on ev­ery storey of your home and out­side sleep­ing ar­eas; in­stall fresh bat­ter­ies in smoke and CO alarms at least once per year ; re­place ALL smoke alarms over 10 years-old, both bat­tery op­er­ated and hard-wired; and never tam­per with smoke alarms.

Thank you for help­ing pre­vent fire tragedies in Car­bon­ear.

Do the drill! Fire Chief Vince MacKen­zie

New­found­land and Labrador’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive with the Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of

Fire Chiefs

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