Fire departments across North America are marking Fire Prevention Week.
This year, the week runs from October 7 to 13. The Prince Albert Fire Department is looking to use the week to reach out to the community.
The department will host an open house at the fire hall, which will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, for which acting deputy fire chief Kris Olsen said the department has a number of activities planned.
“We’re doing something a little different this year, we’re kind of catering to the little guys, we’re bringing in a bouncy castle, obstacle course, (which) will be amazing … the supplies are being donated to us from the … Prince Albert gymnastic centre,” he said.
Along with these activities, the fire department will welcome representatives from SGI who will set up a display talking about distracted driving.
People who attend the open house will also have the chance to support some local charitable organizations, as the firefighter's charity will be selling burgers, with all of the money going to local groups.
Besides the open house, the fire department is using Fire Prevention Week to spread awareness and educate people about fire prevention.
“Every year we put a package together, it’s sent out to the schools with the hopes that they … take the lesson plan and teach the kid(s) about those three items, look, listen, learn,” said Olsen.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which spearheads National Fire Prevention Week, wanted to use the week to remind people they should look for places where fire can start in their home and learn two ways out of each room to help keep themselves safe.
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