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Look. Listen. Learn. Tour County fire halls Oct 7-13

Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue is urging everyone to look, listen, and learn about fire safety during Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7-13.

“Everyone has a responsibility to protect their family and home from fire,” said Scott Manlow, the County’s Fire Chief. “Prevention is always the best course of action. Identify potential fire hazards in your home and take action to make sure a fire doesn’t start.”

This year’s theme of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 7-13, is “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

The theme focuses on three fundamental actions people can take to be fire-safe:
LOOK for potential fire hazards around your home. Take action to prevent fire from starting:
 Always stay in the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove.
 Encourage smokers to smoke outside. Always extinguish cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over.
 Check electrical cords for damage such as fraying or nicks. A damaged cord can expose wires and result in a potential shock or fire hazard.

LISTEN for the smoke alarms in an emergency. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarms and can hear them in an emergency. Early detection of fire provided by smoke alarms gives you the extra seconds you need to get out safely.

LEARN two ways out of every room. Practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home before a fire starts so you and your family can get out quickly.

“Fire and smoke move faster than you. There’s no time to figure out how to escape your home after a fire starts. Practice a home fire escape plan before there’s a fire so you can get out safely,” said Mike Branscombe, the County’s Fire Prevention and Public Education Officer.

The Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue is hosting open houses and barbecues across the County during Fire Prevention Week. The events will include hotdogs, drinks, public education hand-outs, and tours of the station.

The open houses will take place at the following locations:
 Station 1 Picton (8 McDonald Drive, Picton) – October 7 from noon – 4 pm
 Station 2 Mallory (126 County Road 32) – October 7 from 10 am – 2 pm
 Station 6 Consecon (14 County Road 29) – October 9 from 9 am – 4 pm
 Station 3 South Marysburgh (3080 County Road 10) – October 13 from 10 am – 2 pm
 Station 5 Rossmore (219 County Road 3) – October 13 from 10 am – 2
 Station 8 Carrying Place (3819 County Road 3) – October 13 from 10 am – 2 pm
 Station 7 Wellington – Open house will be held at Rock’N Rogers Pizzeria (186 Wellington Main Street) on October 14 from 10 am – 3 pm

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