Oct. 2, 2009
ST. ANDREWS (CNB) - Taking the time to establish fire safety habits is being promoted for Fire Prevention Week, which takes place Oct. 4-10 throughout the province.
The theme of this year's initiative is Practice Fire Safety - Good Habits Save Lives. The initiative is sponsored by the Department of Public Safety, in partnership with the New Brunswick Association of Fire Chiefs and the New Brunswick Association of Fire Prevention Officers. The official launch takes place on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the St. Andrews Fire Department, 80 Reed Ave.
"We want to remind all New Brunswickers of the importance of having working smoke alarms, and planning escape routes from their homes," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John Foran. "Most fires are preventable, and we urge everyone to do their part to be ready in the event of a fire. If we can prevent even one fire-related death, it will be worth the effort."
The Office of the Fire Marshal will distribute this year's edition of the Fire Safety Gazette to all students in kindergarten to Grade 5. As part of the promotion, students may fill in a form to win the chance to be named Fire Chief for a Day. Three names from each of the nine regional firefighters' associations will be drawn on Nov. 6, and each will be presented with a prize package from the Office of the Fire Marshal, the New Brunswick Association of Fire Chiefs and the New Brunswick Association of Fire Prevention Officers.
"Teaching young children about fire safety is very effective, because we have the chance to help them set good habits and precautions that will last a lifetime," said Fire Marshal Benoit Laroche.
More information about Fire Prevention Week may be found online.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Lisa Harrity, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-453-4433; Fire Chief Jeff Cross, St. Andrews Fire Department, 506-529-5150.