The S.A.F.E. Baby program

The S.A.F.E. Baby program (Smoke Alarm For Every Baby) is over 20 months old here and to date, more than 500 smoke alarms have been distributed to the parents of each baby born in the district.
The program is made possible and funded by Gillons’ Insurance Brokers Ltd., Holmlund Financial, and Rice Financial. It is supported by the Rainy River District Mutual Aid Fire Association and Canadian Tire in Fort Frances.
The nurses of Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. in Fort Frances and Atikokan General Hospital distribute these life-saving gifts.
I encourage all parents who received these smoke alarms to properly install and maintain them in their child’s room. A house fire last year in Winnipeg could have been tragic but the family’s house was equipped with a smoke alarm–a gift from the city fire department’s S.A.F.E. Baby program.
Their program ran from 1996 to 1998, when funding no longer was available.
A house fire last year in our district proved once again that smoke alarms save lives. Three people are alive today because of these life-saving devices.
In the rest of Canada, fire is a widespread tragedy. We are ranked at having the world’s third-worst record for fire losses and the fifth-worst for loss of life.
At our present population, Canada has the second-highest death rate from fire. We average 465 fire deaths and 3,685 injuries a year.
Some 90 percent of fire deaths occur in our homes, where we feel safe and secure, and 70 percent of those deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.
The trend is consistent and continues to date with no improvement!
The back-to-school season is here and all of us are preoccupied with many things. But I urge everyone to make time for fire safety.
Properly installed and maintained working smoke alarms on every level of your home and cottage, outside sleeping areas, and inside the bedrooms are critical for early detection of fire.
Fire safety starts with you!
Remember: If you never need what you learn about fire safety, you have lost nothing. But if you never learn what you need, you may lose everything . . . your family and your life!

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