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Saint John Fire Department offers Fire Prevention Week activities

The Saint John Fire Department (SJFD) is promoting the importance of fire safety during Fire Prevention Week which runs from October 9-15. This year’s theme of “fire won’t wait, plan your escape” focuses on the importance of creating a home escape plan and practicing it regularly. 

“Fire moves fast, and today’s homes burn faster than ever,” says Saint John Fire Chief Kevin Clifford. “You could have only two minutes or less to safely escape once the fire alarm sounds, which is why advance planning and preparation is so critical.” 

Throughout the week, firefighters with the SJFD will be bringing this message, along with their Safety House Program, to local schools. They will also be making presentations to members of the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s Newcomer Connections. 

On Friday, October 14, the public is invited to attend an open house to learn all about fire safety. The event will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Fire Station 5, located at 35 Adelaide Street in Saint John. Activities will include the SJFD Safety House, apparatus tours, fire extinguisher safety demonstrations, a cake cutting, and more. 

The SJFD reminds residents of these valuable “fire won’t wait, plan your escape” safety tips:  

  • Make sure your escape plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities. 
  • Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.  
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily. 
  • Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.  
  • Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests. Practice at least once during the day and at night. 

For more tips on fire safety, visit The City of Saint John's Fire Safety, Prevention and Education page.

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