Each year, the Parksville Volunteer Fire Department participates in Fire Prevention Week and again this year will open its doors to the public on Sunday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fire Prevention Week will be recognized from Oct. 8-14. The open house takes place at the fire hall, located at 160 Jensen Ave. W.
Residents are encouraged to drop by for a little fun and to learn some possible lifesaving strategies for fire prevention.
Firefighters will be giving tours of the station, including trucks and equipment so be sure to bring your camera.
The RCMP will be on site with a child restraint technician to conduct inspection of car seats for the public. If people would like their car seat inspected, please bring the car manual as well as the restraint manual so these can be referenced during the inspection. Also, the seat should be installed in the vehicle prior to arriving at the fire hall.
The theme for this year’s fire prevention week is Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!
• In a fire, seconds count and can mean the difference between residents escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy. This theme reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan:
• Draw a map of your home with members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
• Practise your home fire drill twice a year; one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home and practise using different ways out. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
• Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
• Close doors behind you as you leave; this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
• Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back into a burning building.
The Parksville VFD would like families to focus on prevention by planning ahead and integrating a few simple fire safety behaviours into everyday lives. By paying attention and eliminating potential fire hazards in your home, you can make a difference that will prevent or reduce fire related injuries, deaths and property damage.
— City of Parksville submission