Fire Prevention Week coming up

The Fort Frances Fire Department once again will be stressing the public be aware of possible fire hazards when Fire Prevention Week starts Oct. 7.
“Every week is Fire Prevention Week for us,” Fire Chief Steve Richardson said. “It’s just that Fire Prevention Week is when we really go out there and send the message.”
He noted the fire department not only will be visiting each local elementary school, but it will be available for home visits to give residents tips on fire safety.
“And ‘Sparky’ is going to be out and about,” noted Chief Richardson, referring to the department’s big, furry mascot.
Chief Richardson also said the department is pushing fire safety more than ever, and may start to do door-to-door smoke alarm checks on a regular basis.
Fire Prevention Week will kick off this Saturday (Oct. 6) when firefighters will be out at both the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and McDonald’s Restaurant from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Chief Richardson noted there will be a draw for prizes at McDonald’s. Any kids who buy a meal there can enter a draw, with the grand prize being a bike.
The fire department also got the education going a little early last Thursday with a visit to the Fort Frances Day Care. “Sparky” made a special appearance–much to many kids’ delight.
For more information on fire safety, contact the fire department at 274-9841.
In related news, the Fort Frances Fire Brigade made a donation to the International Falls Fire Department on Saturday–money which will go to the International Relief Fund for emergency workers families–following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.