Deputy Chief Mike Dine's Report for May 2012

Michael Boyle

Is your home fire safe? Many are not. Yours can be made safe and secure with knowledge and with preventative measures. This month Pender Island Fire Rescue is stepping up its ongoing efforts to stop residential structural fires before they happen.

We are currently distributing a “Home Fire Safety Assessment” handout to Pender residents. A copy of this two-page fire prevention check list appears in the Pender Post and there are copies at Fire Hall #1.

You can find it on this website: FIRE PREVENTION

We will also be handing out copies at the ferry terminals.

Why are we going to this trouble? Simple! There are more than 20,000 residential fires in Canada annually. At least a thousand are started by children and a third of those children perish because they cannot get themselves out of the fire area. More than 60 per cent of the fires that kill kids under five years old are in homes that do not have working smoke alarms.

Our check list is comprehensive. It starts with the obvious: Are your house numbers clearly visible on the road? Can emergency vehicles access your driveway?

There are close to 50 items to check including the status of smoke alarms and provisions for escape routes. The check list covers kitchen, living area, bedroom and basement safety issues as well as outdoor issues such as the storage of propane and fire wood.

We urge you to take the time to assess your home’s fire safety status and to given us a call if you have any concerns arising from your review of your residence. Pender property owners … it is most important to be aware that if you have people living in your house, or on your property, you have a legal obligation and a moral responsibility to make sure the dwelling is safe.

Fires do not take vacation!


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Stuart Scholefield

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For any Emergency:

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