Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - 10:15 AM

Fire Prevention Week 2018

It’s time for Fire Prevention Week - from October 7 to 13 the St. John’s Regional Fire Department (SJRFD) is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association to remind local residents to 'Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere'.
Fires can and do still happen – at home, as well as other locations – and there are basic but vitally important steps people can take to remain safe.

Captain Mike Maher states that “at times, people take safety for granted and are not aware of the risk of fire. Knowing your surroundings, looking for available exits, and taking the smoke alarm seriously can make a potentially life-saving difference in a fire or other emergency situation.”

'Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere', identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire and be prepared in the event of one.

LOOK - Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
LISTEN - 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 should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
LEARN - Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

If the Alarm Sounds:
• Get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people or pets.
• If you have to escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.
• Call the fire department from outside your home.

Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by Fire Departments across the country and is one of the longest running public health and safety events on record. In recognition of Fire Prevention Week SJRFD have many events taking place throughout its Region and invite kids and adults of all ages to come and enjoy the festivities and learn all about fire safety!

Open House
There will be an open house at West End, Mount Pearl and Paradise Fire Stations on Saturday, October 6 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Various types of firefighting equipment will be on display for the general public and will provide a great opportunity for citizens to meet and speak to our Firefighters and Fire Prevention staff who will be happy to provide safety tips.

Fire Prevention Display Booth at the Avalon Mall from October 9 to 13

  • Tuesday 1 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 1 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 1 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday 1 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fire safety information brochures are available, and Fire Prevention Staff will be there to answer all of your safety questions.

School Visits and Fire Drills
Members of the SJRFD will be visiting schools in the region and talking with kids about fire safety as well as conducting and evaluating school fire drills.

Fire Chief for a Day
Children between the ages of seven and twelve years of age (Grades 4,5 & 6) are eligible to enter the ‘Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest’. To enter, children must create an 8.5 x 11 poster, using the theme ‘Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere’.

For more information contact:
Captain Mike Maher
Fire Prevention Officer
St. John’s Regional Fire Department
(709) 576-3905
fireprevention@stjohns.ca