Take steps to protect your family from fire

Mayor Jim Watson officially declared October 9 to 15 Fire Prevention Week in Ottawa, with an emphasis on reminding residents about the steps they can take to prevent fires in their homes. Fire Prevention Week is marked annually across Canada and this year’s theme is “Protect your family from fire.”

“About 90 per cent of residential fires are preventable, that’s why it is important to take precautions,” said Mayor Watson. “Being fire smart starts with having a household conversation about how to be best prepared in case of an emergency.”

During Fire Prevention Week, Ottawa Fire Services will be throughout the community with Sparky the fire dog, information display tables and fire education presentations. This Saturday, representatives will be at all Home Depot locations in Ottawa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with fire trucks and information tables.

“Our firefighters are always ready to answer the call if you need them, although it is important that safety start at home with you,” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of Community and Protective Services Committee. “This is a great opportunity during Fire Prevention Week to have that conversation at home with your families and make sure you have taken the necessary precautions.”

In recent years, Ottawa Fire Services has worked to reduce the number of homes without a working smoke alarm from 35 per cent to just 10 per cent. Fire Prevention Week is a great way to remind residents not only to get smoke alarms, but also to test and maintain them.

“With a number of fires in the recent months, we are reminded about the devastating effects a fire can have on families and their communities,” said Kim Ayotte, Acting Deputy Chief of Community Standards, Education, Planning and Innovation. “Test your smoke alarms once a month, change your smoke alarm batteries twice a year and practice your family’s escape plan.”

For a more information about Fire Prevention Week activities, as well as how to protect your family from fire, visit ottawa.ca/fire.