Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Kicks off National Fire Prevention Week

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Thunder Bay Fire Rescue on scene
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue on scene
Quick response by Thunder Bay Fire Rescue to a call on Heron Street. Photo by Braedon Campeau
Quick response by Thunder Bay Fire Rescue to a call Photo by Braedon Campeau

THUNDER BAY – Check your smoke detector! Plan your escape! Be fire aware!

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue kicked-off National Fire Prevention Week at St. Vincent Elementary School today. Grade 4 students at St. Vincent’s educated a gymnasium full of classmates, teachers, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue officials and Mayor Hobbs on the importance of working smoke alarms and fire safety.

Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 5-11, and this year’s theme is all about life-saving smoke alarms.

“It’s the law to have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas,” said Fire Chief John Hay. “Working smoke alarms provide you with the early warning needed to safely escape a fire emergency.”

Chief Hay also explained that once alerted by your smoke alarm your home fire escape plan should kick in. “It’s important to practice your home fire escape plan so in an actual fire emergency everyone knows what to do.”

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue reminds citizens to test their smoke alarms every month and to replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old. Only working smoke alarms save lives. For more information on fire safety go to www.thunderbay.ca/fire

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