Ensure the Safety of Loved Ones; Protect Your Family From Fire
Friday, October 7, 2011

Municipal Affairs
October 7, 2011 

From October 9 to 15, Newfoundland and Labrador will join the country in highlighting fire safety and awareness as part of Fire Prevention Week 2011. Many community fire departments throughout the province have arranged events to celebrate this year’s theme, “Protect Your Family From Fire!” 

“It is important all residents are aware of the simple preventative measures that they can take within their own home to prevent fires and to protect their loved ones should a fire occur,” said the Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services. “We all need to educate ourselves on simple fire prevention measures that can go a long way in saving lives, homes and our most treasured memories and possessions.” 

The following information can help, not only during Fire Prevention Week, but year-round: 

  • Heating: Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least three feet away from heating equipment. 
  • Cooking: Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period, turn off the stove. 
  • Smoking: If you smoke, smoke outside; wherever you smoke, use deep, sturdy ashtrays. 
  • Fire Escape Planning: Ensure your family knows the best ways to get out of the home should a fire occur and discuss a family meeting spot for when you have safely exited the home. Working smoke alarms are also an integral component of any family’s fire escape plan.  

Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services, as well as fire departments across the country and throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Since 1922, fire departments have observed Fire Prevention Week, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record. Residents are encouraged to visit www.firepreventionweek.org or www.gov.nl.ca/fes to get information on fire prevention and fire safety. 

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Media contact:
Cheryl Gullage
Public Relations Specialist
Fire and Emergency Services - Newfoundland and Labrador
709-729-0857, 631-9962

2011 10 07                                        9:30 a.m.