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Learn the sounds of fire safety this Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week

Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety! | October 3-9

Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety as the Okotoks Fire Department (OFD) celebrates Fire Prevention Week. All week long, there will be opportunities for residents of all ages to enter contests, participate in virtual activities, and watch videos to learn the sounds of fire safety, brought to you by Sparky and your local firefighters. Check back daily for new contests, videos and more!

Thank you to everyone who entered the Fire Prevention Week contests! All winners will be contacted the week of October 11 to deliver their prizes: 

  • Name That Sound contest winner: Leanne C. won a 72-hour kit
  • Story Time with OFD contest winner: Aubrey, Izzy & Bennet R. won a kids’ basket filled with fire-inspired books & toys
  • Home Fire Escape Plan contest winner: Mya & Sam K. won a kids’ basket filled with fire-inspired books & toys
  • #KnowExactlyWhere contest winner: Maddie M. won a pair of headphones

Take a virtual fire truck tour!

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK CONTESTS

CONTEST: #KnowExactlyWhere
Help the OFD find you quicker in an emergency! From Oct. 4-10, the Town is taking part in the #KnowExactlyWhere safety campaign in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week to raise awareness of the free what3words app and how it can be effectively utilized in an emergency. 

CONTEST: Story Time with the Okotoks Fire Department!
Join Firefighter Josh for a bedtime story as he reads Good Night Fire Engines. Then, enter the contest by answering a question about the book to win a basket full of fire-inspired books, toys and more!

CONTEST: Name That Sound!
What are your alarms telling you? Listen to the sounds of fire safety in the videos below, and send us your guesses of what they are for a chance to win a fun prize!

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KIDS' CONTEST: Plan your home fire escape
What is your family's plan to stay safe in the event of a fire? Take a minute out of your day to plan your family's home fire escape. Watch the video below to learn how to make a plan for your family, then enter the contest for a chance to win a kids' basket filled with fire-inspired books, toys and more! 

ACTIVITIES

Ready, set, colour! Have fun colouring in Sparky with the kid’s colouring page – and there’s also a colouring page for adults! Download and print the pages for kids and adults

Okotoks, let's #GetLoud! Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms today and regularly according to the manufacturer’s instructions to learn the sound alarms make and ensure the batteries work. Knowing the different sounds your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make can save you, your loved ones, and your home. Challenge your family and friends to Get Loud too!

Your Burning Questions!
Fire Chief Trevor Brice answers all your Burning Questions about fire safety on air on the Eagle 100.9FM on Friday, October 8; or find the answer to your burning questions below!

How do I know if I need to replace my fire alarm?
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. If you are not sure how old your alarm is, replace it! Remember the once a month, once a year, once a decade rule:

  • Once a month: Test your smoke alarms using the test button according to manufacturer’s instructions
  • Once a year: Change the battery if your smoke alarm uses standard batteries 
  • Once a decade: Replace the smoke alarm with a new one.

My senior father will be moving in with us soon. He wears hearing aids that he takes out when he sleeps. How can I make sure he’ll hear a fire alarm?
You can install a bedside alert device that responds to the sound of the smoke and CO alarms with    flashing strobe lights; a loud, mixed, low-pitched sound alert; pillow or bed shaker. If he uses any, make sure your father sleeps with his mobility device, glasses, and phone close to his bed. Keep pathways like hallways lit with night lights and free from clutter to make sure everyone can get out safely.

Why is it dangerous to put out a cigarette in the dirt in your flower pots or garden?
It contains combustible organic material like peat moss, shredded wood or bark, Styrofoam and vermiculites (a mineral added to potting soil to help air flow). These are all highly flammable when dry, and if you add the embers from your cigarette, it's a recipe for a dangerous (and costly) fire.

I know what to do if a fire alarm sounds. What am I supposed to do if my CO alarm goes off?

  • Immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors.
  • Make sure everyone is accounted for and gets to fresh air.
  • Call 911 or the fire department from outside.
  • Stay there until help arrives.

My alarm always goes off when I cook, even if there’s not much smoke or steam. What can I do so it stops going off every meal?
Photoelectric smoke alarms are the best type of alarms to be installed near the kitchen and bathrooms to reduce nuisance alarms. New multi-criteria smoke alarm technology will state it “helps reduce cooking nuisance alarms” on the packaging. Consider using new multi-criteria alarms when it is time to replace existing photoelectric or ionization alarms.

We just got a portable space heater for our home office. I’m paranoid it will start a fire. What can I do to make it safer to use?

  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Purchase and use space heaters that have an automatic shut-off—if they tip over, they shut off.
  • Place space heaters on a solid, flat surface and keep them and their electrical cords away from things that can burn, high traffic areas, and doorways.
  • Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip. Do not plug anything else into the same circuit as the one you are using for your space heater. Doing so could result in overheating.
  • Check often for a secure plug-to-outlet fit. If the plug does not fit snugly into the wall outlet or if the plug becomes very hot, the outlet may need to be replaced. Have a qualified electrician replace the wall outlet.
  • Inspect for cracked or damaged cords, broken plugs, or loose connections. Replace them before using the space heater.

Where does CO come from in my home? Where is the best place to install a CO alarm?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. It is often called “the invisible killer.” It is created when fossil fuels such as kerosene, gasoline, coal, natural gas, propane, methane, or wood don’t burn completely. 

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can result from gas-, gasoline-, and diesel-fueled
vehicles idling inside garages or from malfunctioning or improperly vented water heaters, clothes dryers, furnaces and other heating appliances, and portable generators. Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms (CO) outside each separate sleeping area, on every level of the home, and in other locations as required by laws, codes, or standards. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting.

How do I make a home fire escape plan that my young kids will understand?
Draw a map of each level of the home. Show all doors and windows. Go to each room and point to the two ways out. Practice the plan with everyone in your household. Teach your children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Make sure they can open windows, remove screens, and unlock doors. 

DID YOU KNOW? 
Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noises – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must take action.

  • Hear a beep? Get off your feet! For your smoke detector, a continued set of three loud beeps—beep, beep, beep—means smoke or fire. For your carbon monoxide detector, a continued set of four loud beeps—beep, beep, beep, beep—means carbon monoxide is present in your home. In both cases, get out and stay out, and call 911 from outside
  • Hear a chirp? Make a change! A chirping alarm needs attention. Replace the batteries or the entire unit if it’s over 10 years old. If you don’t remember how old it is, replace it! Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.

Make sure everyone in your home understands the sounds of the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and knows how to respond.