Wel­land fire depart­ment spread­ing safety mes­sage

The Welland Tribune - - NEWS - MICHELLE ALLENBERG Mal­len­berg@post­media.com

Be­ing pre­pared could save a life. Wel­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices is stressing the im­por­tance of fire safety dur­ing Fire Pre­ven­tion Week.

Fire pre­ven­tion of­fi­cers will visit Grade 6 stu­dents at var­i­ous el­e­men­tary schools through­out Wel­land. The of­fi­cers will dis­cuss fire safety, in­clud­ing hav­ing an emer­gency plan and work­ing smoke alarms.

Thurs­day, fire pre­ven­tion of­fi­cers will host a safety sem­i­nar at King Street Fire Hall from 10 a.m. un­til noon. The sem­i­nar will ad­dress safety in apart­ment build­ings for own­ers, prop­erty man­agers and su­per­in­ten­dents.

Thurs­day, of­fi­cers will also be at the main en­trance of Cana­dian Tire in Wel­land 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. They will in­form peo­ple about the need to have work­ing smoke and car­bon monox­ide alarms and to al­ways check their bat­ter­ies. Fire trucks and fire­fight­ers will also be at Cana­dian Tire to en­gage with the pub­lic and an­swer any ques­tions.

Satur­day, the fire depart­ment is host­ing an open house at King Street Fire Hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be in­for­ma­tive and famil-friendly. Sparky the Fire Dog will be there to meet with chil­dren and help with ed­u­cat­ing youths about fire safety. There will also be demon­stra­tions, hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties, fire trucks and fire­fight­ers.

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