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Fire Prevention Week: Oct 7-13, 2018

Oct 05, 2018

An important reminder ahead of Fire Prevention Week: Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere...

October 7-13, 2018 is Fire Prevention Week – when fire departments across Canada and the United States, including Delta, raise public awareness about the dangers of fire, how to prevent it and how to keep your family safe by having – and practicing – an escape plan.

This year’s theme is Look. Listen. Learn: 

  • “LOOK” for places fire could start.
  • “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 shoud be a safe distance from the home where everyone should know to meet. These same principles apply to your workplace too, where there should also be a designated outside meeting place.
  • “LEARN” two ways outside of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Talk about your escape plan with everyone in your home. Make sure your home and workplace have working smoke alarms on each floor. Know the emergency number for your fire department and workplace. Lastly, and most importantly, practice your fire drill regularly.

“Smoke alarm education and fire prevention campaigns are instrumental in helping shift behavior,” said City of Delta Fire Chief Paul Scholfield. “I encourage everyone to ensure their smoke alarms are in working order.”

Did you know…
The annual Fire Prevention Week campaign, held across North America, is the longest running public health and safety observance on record and falls on the anniversary of one of North America’s most significant fires: the 1871 Chicago fire.

For more information on Fire Prevention, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website or