2012 has been an exceptional year for fire safety across Ontario. As of today, 25 fewer people have died in fires across the province, than at the same time last year. The fatal fire numbers have been falling steadily over the past few years, but took a “nose dive” this year. We attribute this to all of the aggressive public education, zero tolerance enforcement, and firefighter training that we have been working on over the past few years.
In order to keep this record until the end of 2012, and better it in 2013 we need your help. The Fire Marshall has asked for our assistance in promoting the “12 Days of Fire Safety.”
Please take a few minutes this weekend and check your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and discuss your fire escape plans with your family. In addition, take a few minutes and pass on the word to family members, friends, neighbours. (for that matter the guy next door that you do not like.) !
Also, here is a link that you can take a few minutes to look at with lots of holiday fire safety information.
When purchasing gifts this holiday season, why not consider purchasing (and installing) a new smoke alarm and/or carbon monoxide alarm for someone who may not have one. Not the sexiest gift, but just think, you could be attributed with saving someone’s life by doing so.
If you are aware of someone that cannot afford an alarm, or needs assistance installing one, please contact one of our fire department staff (905)871-1600 x2601. We will provide an alarm free of charge and even install it if need be.
My goal until the end of 2012 is to ensure that all of our firefighters and inspection staff can spend all of their much deserved free time with their families, and not have to deal with a tragedy that all too frequently happens during the holiday season.
Please assist us in any way that you can.
Just a quick update. 2012 ended with 19 fewer (70 in 2012 vs 89 in 2011) fire deaths in Ontario. This number is an incredible accomplishment, and a number to beat in 2013. Lets all do our part Fort Erie with a goal to reduce this number to zero !
A great Article Larry
Cliched as it may be, you cannot put a price on peace of mind and safety, and as such, fire safety training is not something to be missed out on. Courses are readily available, and can literally save lives.