HALTON HILLS, ON – The Fire Prevention Week will be held from October 7 to 13, 2018 with the theme ‘LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere.’
“Everyone has a responsibility to protect their family and home from fire. Prevention is always the best course of action," said Fire Chief Harry Olivieri. “Identify potential fire hazards in your home and take action to make sure a fire doesn’t start.”
The theme focuses on three fundamental actions people can take to be fire-safe:
LOOK for potential fire hazards around your home. Take action to prevent fires from starting:
• Always stay in the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove.
• Encourage smokers to smoke outside. Always extinguish cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over.
• Check electrical cords for damage such as fraying or nicks. A damaged cord can expose wires and result in a potential shock or fire hazard.
LISTEN for the smoke alarms in an emergency. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarms and can hear them in an emergency. Early detection of fire provided by smoke alarms gives you the extra seconds you need to get out safely.
LEARN two ways out of every room. Practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home before a fire starts so you and your family can get out quickly.
“During Fire Prevention Week take time to learn more about what you can do to prevent a fire tragedy in your family home,” said Olivieri.
Drop by the Town Hall during Fire Prevention Week to pick up educational materials or visit members of the Halton Hills Fire Department and enjoy a “Coffee with a Firefighter” on Friday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Georgetown or Acton McDonald’s locations.
About the Town of Halton Hills
The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval – and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is the 2013 recipient of the National Municipal Environmental Award from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators and is ranked as one of the Top 5 small communities in Canada by a national magazine.
About Halton Hills Fire Department
The Halton Hills Fire Department is a composite fire department of full-time and part-time firefighters manning three fire stations, with its Headquarters located at 14007 10 Side Road Halton Hills. The Halton Hills Fire Department provides emergency response as well as Prevention and Public Education services to a community with a population of 60,000 residents. Residents are encouraged to visit haltonhills.ca/fire or find us on Twitter: twitter.com for prevention and public education information.
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