Fire prevention in spotlight here all next week

While encouraging fire safety is always part of their mandate, local firefighters will be getting out to stress their message to the public during “Fire Prevention Week” (Oct. 5-11).
“It has been very successful in the past, with a lot of information getting out to the public here,” said Fort Frances Fire Chief Steve Richardson.
“Our fire loss numbers are down this year and I’d like to attribute some of that to the public education,” he added. “We’re getting questions from the public regarding fire safety on a regular basis.
“I think the partnerships with the community are working.”^The Frances Fire/Rescue Service will be set up at two locations here this Saturday.
The ladder truck will be on display at McDonald’s Restaurant from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., along with Sparky the Fire Dog.
A booth also will be set up, with lots of free fire prevention giveaways.
People stopping by also can fill out a home family escape plan and return it to McDonald’s for free small order of fries.
Meanwhile, firefighters also will be at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market on McIrvine Road from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with a fire prevention display and videos, as well as the popular “Hazard House”—a small replica house which shows how fires can start accidentally around the home.
Sparky also will be there, with free giveaways.
Kids may enter a draw at either location for a chance to win a mountain bike and helmet, one of two fire safety prize packs (including a smoke alarm, T-shirt, and more), or one of five “Your Safe Home Kits” containing a smoke alarm, fire safety videos, and more.
Draws will be held on Monday (Oct. 6).
Chief Richardson also noted firefighters will be going door-to-door Monday to check to see if homes have working smoke alarms.
“If not, we’ll be working with the resident to ensure they have one,” he said, adding all homes must have a working smoke alarm under the Ontario Fire Code.
And fire trucks will be pulling up to elementary schools all next week to talk about fire safety with students, starting at Robert Moore on Monday (Oct. 6).
They’ll also be at St. Michael’s on Tuesday, Oct. 7, Alexander Mac- Kenzie (JK/Gr. 1-2) on Thursday, Oct. 9, and Huffman and Alexander MacKenzie (SK/Gr. 2-4) on Friday, Oct. 10.
While Fire Prevention Week included a “Fire Chief for a Day” contest last year, Chief Richardson said this likely won’t happen this time around as he hasn’t heard word from the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office.
Last year’s winner was Brayden Spence.