September 20, 2016
Tragedies Prompt Fire Departments to Shift Focus for FPW 2016
MILVERTON (September20, 2016) – Three teenagers killed in Whitby. A family of four died in East Gwillimbury. Seven children and three adults perished in Memphis, TN. These fatal fire tragedies and more have prompted the Perth East and West Perth Fire Departments to shift the focus of Fire Prevention Week 2016 to put an increased emphasis on home escape planning.
Fire Chief Bill Hunter describes why these tragic events happen. “Fire and smoke in your home is a frightening experience. People, especially children, tend to panic. Imagine not knowing what to do, and the longer you wait the less chance you and your loved ones have of getting out alive. Having working smoke alarms and knowing how to escape your home in the event of a fire are crucial.”
The Fire Departments will be promoting the “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” theme, but are also running a Home Escape Plan Contest. “We really wanted to encourage families to have a home escape plan and practice it as a family,” explains Chief Hunter, “so we decided that offering exciting prizes would be good incentive.”
Chief Hunter reports that every elementary school student in the Perth East and West Perth fire areas will receive the contest flyer at school. The front of the flyer has contest and Fire Station Open House information. The back of the flyer provides a template for families to use to create their home escape plan. Families can bring their completed home escape plan to the Fire Station Open House events during Fire Prevention Week, or to the Perth East, West Perth or Perth South municipal offices to receive a contest entry ballot.
The prizes up for grabs? “We’ve got iTunes® gift cards, family pizza dinners delivered by firefighters, and an iPad Mini® that families can win. Beyond the prizes, we also think creating and practicing the home escape plan will not only save lives, it can also be an opportunity to do something as a family.”
The Home Escape Plan Contest flyer can also be downloaded from the municipal websites; www.pertheast.ca, www.westperth.com, and www.perthsouth.ca and are available for pickup from the three municipal offices.
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For more information:
Fire Chief Bill Hunter, Perth East and West Perth Fire Departments(519)595-2800 ext. firstname.lastname@example.org