Fire Prevention Week October 5 - 11

September 22, 2014 / For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, AB – Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the important message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, the Airdrie Fire Department (AFD) is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, October 5 – 11, 2014, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

AFD is hosting a series of fire safety events during Fire Prevention Week, beginning with ATCO Gas Fire Safety Day on Saturday, October 4 at Chinook Winds Fire Station from 1 – 4 p.m. Residents are invited to drop in to view displays, take part in interactive activities, be entertained by Juno Award Nominee, Children’s Entertainer, Mary Lambert and enjoy light refreshments. Children should expect a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog.

““In a fire, seconds count,” say Deputy Chief Linda Masson. “Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep and vulnerable. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”

Throughout the week AFD will partner with our local schools and run supported fire drills, provide a Fire Safety Starts with You! program for grade five students and go door to door in select communities delivering the ConocoPhillips Home Safety Program.

For a complete list of Fire Prevention Week events, see the attached event schedule. Media are invited to contact Deputy Chief Linda Masson for specific details on any of the scheduled events.

Please note, due to the number of scheduled events, AFD will not be able to accommodate fire station tours during Fire Prevention Week.


Media Contact:

Linda Masson, Deputy Chief
Airdrie Fire Department
403.948.8880 ext. 7882


Fire Prevention Week October 5 – 11 - Event Schedule

Saturday, October 4
ATCO Gas Fire Safety Day

  • Fire Safety Day held at Chinook Winds Fire Station (2525 Chinook Winds Drive SW) from 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Residents are invited to drop in for some hands on fire safety activities, including:
  • Interactive booths
  • Hazard kitchen demo
  • Stove top demo
  • Information on Smoke alarms, CO detectors and safety ladders
  • Home Safety Checklist
  • Bedroom fire escape
  • Fire extinguisher operating
  • ‘Sing out Fire Safety’ Performances – two 45 minute performances by Children’s Entertainer, Mary Lambert
  • Sparky the Fire Dog
  • Snacks provided by corporate partner Canada Safeway and Airdrie Dairy Queen

Monday, October 6
Commercial Fire Drill

  • AFD will provide an assisted fire drill at a local business
  • Evacuate the building and evaluate the life safety system
  • Share Fire Safety Information

Tuesday, October 7
Senior Safety Tea

  • Seniors Safety Tea held at Woodside Seniors (411 Woodside Dr.) from 1:30 – 3:30p.m.
  • Interactive displays
  • Share Fire Safety Information for Seniors
  • Crews will be servicing refreshments and snacks provided by corporate partner Canada Safeway

Wednesday, October 8
2014 Junior Fire Chief Program

  • Open to all grade five students from participating schools in Airdrie
  • Students submit a 50 word essay on the topic “How I can keep my family fire safe”
  • Teachers select the winning essay from the class and submit it to AFD
  • AFD will review the finalists and choose Airdrie’s 2014 Jr. Fire Chief
  • On October 8 the winner will get to spend some time as Fire Chief of AFD and receive: a school visit by the Fire Chiefs, classroom presentation, assisted school fire drill lead by the Junior Chief, ride in the fire truck to Fire Headquarters for lunch with their family and the fire crew and Chiefs, photos at the fire station, an AFD t-shirt and classroom treat and safety gift from AFD.
  • Lunch and classroom treat provided by Canada Safeway

Thursday, October 9
ConocoPhillips Home Safety Program

  • Firefighters will go door to door in a select community and review the Home Safety program with residents
  • Checklist covers alarms, escape planning and fire safety information
  • If a home does not have a working smoke alarm, one will be installed and/or batteries provided where needed
  • This program will run through several select communities to the end of October 2014, and is supported by Conoco Phillips.

Friday, October 10
Assisted School Fire Drills

  • On Friday, and throughout the entire week, AFD crews will be providing assisted school fire drills
  • Review life safety systems and evacuation plans
  • Provide fire safety information to teachers and student

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