Fire prevention week - Fire Chief wants your attention - takes the social media route to get it - prizes

News 100 redBy Staff

October 10th, 2017



The Burlington Fire Department is recognizing Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 8 to 14, 2017 with a contest for residents who connect with them through social media.

Residents are asked to look for Fire Prevention Week transit shelter ads around Burlington, take a photo clearly showing the safety message– selfie optional – and tag @BurlingtonFire on Twitter or @BurlingtonFireDept on Facebook to be entered into a draw to win a Fire Prevention Week gift pack.

The contest runs from Oct. 2 to 29, 2017.
Fire Prevention week is a province-wide initiative held each year in October. This year’s theme of Fire

Prevention Week is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

In a fire, you may have just seconds to safely escape your home. Be prepared in advance with these simple steps for home fire escape planning:

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Fire and smoke move faster than you can. Plan and practice fire escape exercises.

Consider the needs of everyone in your home
Identify anyone who needs help to get out of the home safely, such as small children or older adults.
Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas
Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm.
Identify all possible exits (doors and windows) and make sure they work
Know two ways out of all areas, if possible.
Everyone must know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds
Name someone to take care of those who need help.
Identify a safe meeting place outside.
Call the fire department from outside the home – from a neighbour’s home or a cell phone.
Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year
Have everyone take part.
Make changes to your plan if necessary.

Burlington Fire Chief Dave Lazenby tells people that “Fire and smoke move faster than you. There’s no time to figure out how to escape your home after a fire starts. Practice an escape plan before there’s a fire so you can get out safely.”

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3 comments to Fire prevention week – Fire Chief wants your attention – takes the social media route to get it – prizes

  • Penny


    Call this phone number 905-631-2524 and register for Seniors Without Walls and you can participate with the Fire Prevention information that will be shared with the registrants tomorrow at 2PM. It’s free and all you need is a phone.

  • Albert

    Once again, people who are not on social media are left out. Not everyone uses facebook or twitter. Some of us still use old fashioned email.

  • Penny

    Seniors Without Walls a new initiative sponsored by Burlington Seniors Community connects isolated and home bound seniors. They will be able to learn more about fire safety, tomorrow, Thursday at 2pm. Kim Sopko, from the Burlington Fire Department will be facilitating a program on fire safety to the seniors who have registered to participate.

    Seniors Without Walls connects seniors by the use of their telephone not only to listen in to the program but to have their questions answered.

    Seniors Without Walls connects isolated and home bound seniors to their community. This is provided free of charge to any senior in the 905 area code who registers by phoning in to 905-631-2524. Loneliness is one of the biggest challenges that seniors face.

    If you know of anyone who could benefit to this social outreach program please have them register?