Released October 1, 2018
Weyburn Fire Department to host variety of events during National Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 7-13
WEYBURN – The Weyburn Fire Department is hosting a number of events to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”
On Oct. 11, from 6-8 p.m., local firefighters will be knocking on doors around Weyburn to help educate residents on fire prevention and safety.
On Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Weyburn Fire Department will be hosting an open house at its fire hall located at 55 16th St. NE. This is a chance for the public to get up close to the fire trucks, try on gear and view demonstrations. A barbecue will be held from noon to 1 p.m.
From Oct. 9-12, local firefighters will be visiting schools around Weyburn to educate students and provide demonstrations.
This year’s Fire Prevent Week campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:
- Look for places fire could start
- Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
- Learn two ways out of every room
Data from Statistics Canada show that the number of structure fires declined by 26 per cent between 2005 and 2014. However, residential fires consistently accounted for roughly six of every 10 structural fires during that period; cooking equipment and smokers’ material caused approximately six of every 10 residential fires.
“These numbers show that while we’ve made significant progress in teaching people how to prevent fires from happening, there’s still much more work to do in terms of educating the public about how to protect themselves in the event of one,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “This is particularly critical given the increased speed at which today’s home fires grow and spread.”
For more information regarding Fire Prevention Week events in Weyburn, contact the fire department at (306) 848-3240.
Visit www.firepreventionweek.org for more information about National Fire Prevention Week.