Sept 30, 2008
WOODSTOCK (CNB) - New Brunswickers are being urged to become more aware of fire safety in their homes as the province observes Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11. This reminder is being made by Public Safety Minister John W. Foran in partnership with the New Brunswick Associations of Fire Chiefs and Fire Prevention Officers.
This year's launch of Fire Prevention Week will take place at the Woodstock Civic Centre on Saturday, Oct 4, and is being sponsored by the Woodstock Fire Department. The theme is, Test Your Smoke Alarms - Your Life Depends On It.
"On a number of occasions, I have been saddened to learn that a fire death may have been prevented if only the residence had a working smoke alarm," said Foran. "This year, our activities will focus on measures that can save lives. We will emphasize the importance of properly installing and maintaining smoke alarms, and encouraging families to create and practise a fire safety plan."
The Office of the Fire Marshal will also be distributing this year's edition of the Fire Safety Gazette to all students from kindergarten to Grade 5.
Teaching young New Brunswickers about fire safety is very effective," said Fire Marshal Benoit Laroche. "Children are encouraged to take the Gazette home, discuss fire safety issues with their parents, and, together, they can take action to protect themselves and their properties."
MEDIA CONTACT: Chrystiane Mallaley, media relations, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267.