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Fire Prevention Week

This year, Fire Prevention Week is being recognized from Sunday, Oct. 9, to Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Fire Prevention Week has been observed since 1922 as a result of the Great Chicago fire of 1871 that killed 250 people, destroyed 17,400 structures and left 100,000 residents homeless. Regional Emergency Services would like to remind all residents to reflect on the importance of fire prevention and life safety techniques while at work, home and play!

The Eighth Annual Fire Prevention Week Community Kick-Off will be held at MacDonald Island on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. The event welcomes over 1,500 residents, with displays and booths from many community and industrial partners. The event educates the community on fire prevention and community resources, as well as providing a free barbeque and family friendly activities.

During Fire Prevention Week, members of the Fire Prevention Branch will be visiting all of the elementary school students in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo from kindergarten to grade three to talk about fire safety. Visiting each school is an important aspect of this week, as we can reiterate the importance of being ‘fire smart’ at an early age. Topics covered in the presentations include home escape planning, stop, drop and roll, learning about smoke alarms, burn prevention (hot or not), and how to crawl under the smoke. The presentations encourage children to discuss what they have learned with their parents/caregivers and to regularly practice their home escape plans.

Learn more about Fire Prevention Week by visiting the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website.

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