Learn fire safety before it is needed

The theme of Fire Prevention Week 2016 is Don’t Wait, Check the Date; and the City of Wetaskiwin Fire Department...

City of Wetaskiwin F.D. (not as pictured): Chief Leigh Sawicki

The theme of Fire Prevention Week 2016 is Don’t Wait, Check the Date; and the City of Wetaskiwin Fire Department has programs in place to help ensure the safety of all residents.

“This year like many years in the past, we will be going out to many residents around the town, we will be checking their smoke alarms and fire alarms,” said fire prevention co-ordinator James Gilbert.

While most people are on top of alarms safety Gurmin says there are always a few who need batteries replaced or a new alarms installed for those older than 10 years. “Like any electronic piece of equipment they tend to give out.”

Gilbert will also be going to schools in the city holding fire prevention and safety assemblies.

There will be pamphlets for the children to take home to complete a fire escape plan with parents or guardians. Once returned to school they will be sent to the Fire Commissioners Office as part of contest. A poster contest will also be held for grades four and up.

“One importance is the kids will bring it home and essentially educate the parents or guardians,” said Gilbert.

Starting children young with tips like two exits for each room, stay below the smoke and planning an escapecan begin a lifelong learning process of fire safety. “At the time of the fire it’s too late to start planning,” said Gilbert.