Fire Pre­ven­tion Week ob­served Oct. 7 to 13

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Cana­di­ans are be­ing re­minded to be fire aware dur­ing 2018 Fire Pre­ven­tion Week which is ob­served on Oc­to­ber 7 to 13.

This year’s Fire Pre­ven­tion Week cam­paign “Look. Lis­ten. Learn. Be aware. Fire can hap­pen any­where.” works to ed­u­cate the pub­lic about three ba­sic but es­sen­tial steps to take to re­duce the like­li­hood of hav­ing a fire – and how to es­cape safely in the event of one:

LOOK for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Iden­tify po­ten­tial fire haz­ards and take care of them.

LIS­TEN for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only min­utes to es­cape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your out­side meet­ing place, which should be a safe dis­tance from the home and where ev­ery­one should meet.

LEARN two ways out of ev­ery room and make sure all doors and win­dows lead­ing out­side open eas­ily and are free of clut­ter.

Work­ing Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Smoke alarms are an im­por­tant part of a home fire es­cape plan. When there is a fire smoke spreads fast. Work­ing smoke alarms give you an early warn­ing alert­ing you to get out­side quickly!

- In­stall smoke alarms in ev­ery bed­room and out­side each sleep­ing area.

- In­stall smoke alarms on ev­ery level of your home. - Test smoke alarms us­ing the test but­ton at least once a month or as rec­om­mended by the man­u­fac­turer.

- Change the bat­tery in your smoke alarm once a year or if the low bat­tery alarm chirps.

- When a smoke alarm sounds, get out­side and stay out­side.

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