As Fire Prevention Week approaches, CW Fire & Rescue encourages residents to “Look. Listen. Learn.”

Township of Centre Wellington Media Release:

CENTRE WELLINGTON – Home fires today can burn faster than ever. Occupants may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Knowing how to use that time wisely takes planning and practice.

CW Fire & Rescue Services is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years – to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign: Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere. The campaign works to educate the public about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.

This year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

  • Look for places fire could start.
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
  • Learn two ways out of every room.

“Our role is to teach people about the potentially life-saving difference that escape planning and practice can make” said Fire Chief Brad Patton.  “Public education and practice is key.  Our goal is to provide our residents with the tools and information they need in the event of a home fire.”

CW Fire & Rescue Services are hosting an open house in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week Campaign on Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elora Fire Hall, located at 72 Wellington County Road 7 in Elora.  Visitors will get a sneak peek at what our Firefighters do every day!  Try a fire hose, visit the fire safety trailer, watch an auto extrication demo and so much more.  A charity barbecue will take place, so bring your appetite!  

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