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DFD marking Fire Prevention Week


The Dauphin Fire Department (DFD) believes there is a hero in everyone.
DFD is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) - the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years - to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”
The campaign works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
In Canada, most fire deaths occur in the home, where people believe they are most safe. Canadian fire departments respond to roughly 25,600 structure fires per year. In 2015, structure fires caused more than 1,400 injuries and almost 200 deaths.
“These numbers show that home fires continue to pose a significant threat to safety,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of Outreach and Advocacy.
“In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.”
While NFPA and DFD are focusing on home fires, these messages apply to virtually any location.
“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Dauphin fire chief Cameron Abrey.
“No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”
DFD is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, including the kickoff to Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4, at Credit Union Place in Dauphin in conjunction with the Dauphin Kings home game against the Portage Terriers.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities, check out DFD on Facebook and Twitter, or contact the department at 204-622-3100 or by email at firedepartment@dauphin.ca.
For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and home escape planning, visit fpw.org.

Staff Writer