It’s Fire Prevention week which means that the North Bay Fire and Emergency Services will be out in the community creating awareness of what you can do to prevent fires.

“In a fire, you may have only seconds to safely escape your home,” said Fire Chief Jason Whiteley.  “Practise your home fire escape plan and make sure everyone can get out safely.”

This year’s theme is “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!”

Here are some tips from the fire department:

  • Assess the needs of everyone in your home, identify anyone who requires assistance to get out of the home safely, such as small children or older adults
  • Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every story of the home and outside all sleeping areas and check the expiration date
  • 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
  • Assign someone to help those who need assistance
  • Identify a safe meeting place outside
  • Call the fire department from a neighbour’s home or cell phone
  • Practice your home fire escape plan, have everyone participate

As for the North Bay Fire and Emergency Services, you will find them at Parkers Independent Grocers from 10:00am to 6:00pm for the Food Bank fundraiser “Fill a Firetruck with Food”. They will also be attending Thursday nights Battalion game at Memorial Gardens where fire helmets will be handing out to all the children attending the game. As for those who wish to get a glimpse into the fire hall, there will be a tour on Saturday from 10:00am-12:00pm.