The Lloydminster Fire Department teaches residents to “look, listen, be aware” during Fire Prevention Week.
During the week of October 7th to 13th, the Fire Department will be informing locals on ways to keep their homes safe from fires. Fire Chief Jordan Newton says residents will have the opportunity to meet their fire department.
“Through the daytime, we plan on going to the majority Catholic and public schools to share the message of fire prevention and hopefully teach some kids about fire safety. In the evenings on the 9th and 10th, the Lloydminster Fire Department will be in the community doing residential fire inspections.”
On October 11th there will also be the annual open house at Fire Station 2. Residents are encouraged to come out and tour the fire station.
Newton says residential fire inspections are done throughout the year but its a bigger focus during prevention week.
“We share common things that start fires and trying to mitigate the hazards with those homeowners. We also do a seasonal target where we target seasonal fire concerns. It’s also a great time for residents to ask their local fire department questions about the service”
Every year the prevention week has a campaign message, this year is “Look, Listen, Be Aware, Fire can happen anywhere.” Newton hopes that residents can understand fires can happen to anyone, no matter how safe you are.
“I’ve been to a great deal of fires in residential buildings. People always tell me that they never thought it would happen to them. What we need to do is spread the message of fire prevention to everyone and understand this can happen. We need to take steps to minimize the risk.”