Belleville firefighters spread awareness of safety practices during Fire Prevention Week

Belleville Deputy Fire Chief Mark Shannon. – City of Belleville photo

This week marks Fire Prevention Week in Belleville, and the City’s fire department is actively engaging with the community to spread awareness about fire safety and prevention.

At a deputation to council on Tuesday, Deputy Fire Chief Mark Shannon and Fire Inspector Kyle Christopher explained the significance and origin of Fire Prevention Week, as well as highlighted engagements and events planned in and around the City of Belleville

Fire Prevention Week is observed annually during the week of Oct. 9, to commemorate the devastating Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The American National Fire Protection Association marked the date as an annual campaign to share fire prevention and safety, and in 1919 the initiative was adopted in Canada. In Belleville, Fire Inspector Kyle Christopher has coordinated an awareness and prevention campaign.

“This week, we’re visiting all the schools in Belleville conducting fire drills and promoting fire safety,” Christopher said, highlighting the City’s proactive approach.

This year’s national Fire Prevention Week theme is: “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention,” which aims to educate the community on how to be safe, particularly when cooking. More information on this can be found on the National Fire Prevention Week website, which includes safety toolkits, colouring sheets, fast facts, and more.

Locally, the Belleville Fire Department is engaging the community with an event dedicated to fire safety and education. The Belleville Fire Department will host an open house at Station One (60 Bettes Street) on Saturday, Oct. 14 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event will include a barbecue, an inflatable fire safety house, fire extinguisher training and tours of the fire trucks.

“We encourage everyone who can make it to join us for a day of fun and education,” said Deputy Fire Chief Mark Shannon. “Let’s work together to keep Belleville safe.”

Fire Prevention Week is a great time to check your own home for working fire alarms and extinguishers. Belleville Fire and Emergency Services are mandated to respond to complaints and requests for inspections relating to fire safety concerns, according to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act (FPPA).
Under the Ontario Fire Code, Fire Prevention Officers are mandated to enforce violations of improper maintenance of fire safety equipment, blocked exits, breaches or missing fire escapes, improperly stored flammable liquids or gases, failure to implement a fire safety plan and more

More information on FPPA and other fire prevention tips can be found online at the City of Belleville Fire and Emergency Services page.

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