Home fire sprinkler protection was demonstrated by the Parksville Fire Department during its Open House on Oct. 6. (Photo submitted)

Benefits of home sprinklers demonstrated in Parksville

Fire department gets $500

The Parksville Volunteer Fire Department recently received $500 in support from the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition to increase awareness of the lifesaving benefits of home fire sprinklers.

As part of Parksville Fire’s public education efforts, the live demonstration was conducted Oct. 6 at the department’s fire prevention week open house.

The demo featured two similarly furnished rooms; one protected with fire sprinklers and one without. People who attended the demonstration were able to view first hand how quickly a fire can become deadly versus the quick response and effectiveness of a fire sprinkler system in controlling or extinguishing a fire.

The Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, a non-profit educational organization, selected 22 departments across Canada that participate in its Built for Life Fire Department program to receive the stipends and educate residents about the benefits of home fire sprinklers.

HFSC is the number one resource for accurate, non-commercial information and materials about home sprinklers. www.homefiresprinklercanada.ca.

Parksville Fire wishes to thank these organizations for their support of the side-by-side burn:

Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, Viking Fire Protection, DBL Disposal Services, Arrowsmith Lodge, United Floors Parksville, Albertsons Home Center, Salvation Army Furniture Warehouse, EB Horsman & Son, Parksville Fire Department members and City of Parksville staff.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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