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NEWS RELEASE · 2nd October 2015
Kitimat Fire Department
Fire Prevention Week 2015 will be observed from October 4 to 10. The theme for this year is: Hear The Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm! Every year the Kitimat Fire Department commits seven days to sharing fire prevention strategies and information in our community.

Increasingly, having a working smoke alarm near your bedroom area(s) and at each level of a residence is required by law. There are now new types of smoke alarms that can be electronically interconnected wirelessly. For example, if smoke activates a smoke alarm in the basement of a house, all the home’s smoke alarms will sound simultaneously regardless of how far away they are from the smoke’s source. Therefore if additional smoke alarms are installed voluntarily in each bedroom, you are immediately alerted and gain precious seconds to deal with the situation and safely escape from a house fire. Accordingly, it is recommended that smoke alarms be installed in each bedroom.

History of Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the devastating Chicago fire on October 9, 1871 in which more than 250 people died and 100,000 were left homeless. It also destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

The fire changed the way firefighters and public officials in North America thing about fire prevention and fire safety. The Fire Marshals Association of North America decided that the anniversary of the Chicago fire should be observed in a way to educate the public about the importance of fire prevention.

Fire Prevention Week was proclaimed in Canada in 1919 to commemorate the Chicago disaster, as well as a major fire that destroyed the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa on February 3, 1916.