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Fire Prevention Week coming up

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The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service will be at Canadian Tire this Saturday (Oct. 4) to kick-start Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 5-11).

Fire safety specialist Wayne Riches said firefighters will be there from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and that the public is encouraged to come out to get fire safety information and enter draws for various prizes.

Riches noted at least one fire truck will be on hand for the public to get a closer look at, and there also will be giveaways for the young ones, like plastic fire hats.

Firefighters will be on hand Saturday to answer any questions about fire safety. They also will be stopping at local schools and talking to students about fire safety throughout next week.

This year’s theme is “It’s Fire Prevention Week–Prevent Home Fires.”

The campaign is intended to address the leading causes of home fires in Ontario: cooking, heating equipment, electrical equipment, cigarettes, candles, and matches and lighters.

This emphasis is in addition to the perennial goal of educating the public on why working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan are essential towards ensuring everyone gets out safely in case of fire.

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