NORTH DURHAM: Fire Departments across Ontario, including those in Scugog and Uxbridge, will be out in their communities next week educating the public as part of the annual Fire Prevention Week.
The annual awareness campaign, which sees local fire departments partner with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is being held this year, from Sunday, Oct. 8th until Saturday, Oct. 14th.
The theme for this year’s campaign is “Every second counts. Plan two ways out”, focusing on the need for every household to have an escape plan. As part of the campaign, both Scugog and Uxbridge Fire Departments have planned several informational events and initiatives.
The Scugog Fire Department will be running fire drills at the local schools during the week. As well, on Tuesday, Oct. 12th, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 14th, from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Members of the fire department will be present with their fire truck at the Port Perry Walmart. They will also be at Vos’ Independent, on Oct. 14th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will also be an open house at both fire stations in the Township, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The fire stations are located at 30 Crandell St., Port Perry and 3550 Regional Rd. 57, Caesarea. On Thursday, Oct. 19th, the department will welcome the Fire Chief for a Day contest winner.
Scugog’s Fire Prevention Officer, Gord Gettins, spoke about the need for households to plan ahead.
“It’s always important to prepare, so if there is a fire you can find the primary way out, and secondary exit.”
He also stressed the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
The Uxbridge Fire Department will also be running fire drills at the local schools, during the week, and will be present at the Canadian Tire Store in Uxbridge, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 14th. They will then be at the Boston Pizza in Uxbridge, on Sunday, Oct. 15th, doing a combination of an educational day and then taking part in the store’s celebrity server event.
Uxbridge Fire Captain, Colin Clark, told The Standard how important having a home escape plan is. “You could have as little as two minutes to escape a house fire these days. With the modern building supplies, a lot of polymers and glues are used, which accelerates the fire,” he said. “It is that much more important for people to have a home escape plan.”
He also said people should practice their home escape plan at least once a year, and added part of the success of any plan is having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.