It's time for Fire Prevention Week!
From Oct. 5 - 12, Airdrie Fire Department (AFD) will join forces with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and fire departments all across the country to remind residents that Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and Practice your Escape.
Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and Practice your Escape,” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.
Keep safe by
- Drawing a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practising your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teaching children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Making sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Closing doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
The AFD hopes that Fire Prevention Week will help the community residents learn to prevent such damaging events.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 5
Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
Location: Chinook Winds Fire Station & Fire Headquarters (2525 Chinook Winds Drive SW)
Learn about fire safety in a hands on and fun atmosphere. This drop in, family friendly event will feature:
- Hazard house
- Fire pit display
- Information on smoke alarms, CO detectors, safety ladders, home safety checklist
- Hazard kitchen prop
- Bedroom escape prop
- Fire extinguisher prop
- Truck tours
- Opportunity to try on full fire gear
Also featuring Juno Award nominee children's entertainer Mary Lambert. Mary will provide two 30 minute presentations of "Sing Out Fire Safety."
Supported school fire drills
Throughout Fire Safety Week, AFD will be assisting community schools with lifesaving fire drills. The department will assist the school in evaluating their Emergency Evacuation Plan, while fire teams take the opportunity to become familiar with the building design and fire hazards, and access the safety features and emergency fire systems.
Supported commercial fire drills
AFD will also assist a local commercial business in conducting a facility fire drill to evaluate emergency evacuation plans and ensure occupants know what to do when the fire alarms go off. Fire safety information will be shared with employees.
On Monday, October 7, the Airdrie Fire Department will begin their annual Home Safety Program which includes firefighters going door to door in areas of the community, providing fire safety information, checking and installing smoke and CO alarms and batteries where needed.
Residents living in the following areas will see fire trucks and firefighters in their community beginning Monday and until the end of October:
• Silver Creek (Silver Springs Way, Creekside Bay, Creek Springs Rise)
• Thorburn (Tanner Drive, Thornleigh Close, Thorburn Drive, Thornbird Road, Prairie Springs Drive)
• Prairie Springs (Prairie Springs Park, Prairie Springs Hill, Prairie Springs Grove)
Fire crews will review the home safety checklist with residents which include alarms, home, basement and garage safety. Also, in conjunction with this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape,” fire crews will be providing information and materials on Home Escape Planning.
The Home Safety Program is sponsored by Conoco Phillips and ATCO.
- Home Fire Safety Reference Guide (pdf)
- Pet Rescue Program (pdf)
- Qualifications for Service Technicians - 2019 National Fire Code (Alberta Edition) (pdf)
Airdrie Fire Department Administration