Extinguisher training discounted for Fire Prevention Week

In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, the Penticton Fire Department has partnered with Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Society to offer fire extinguisher training to interested adults at discounted rates.

The 30-minute training provides a basic understanding of fire safety and the use and limitations of fire extinguishers. The program fulfills the WorkSafeBC regulations for employee training on how to operate fire safety equipment.

Training will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Fire Hall No. 2, 285 Dawson Ave. Sessions run every half hour starting at 8:30 a.m., and ending at 11:30 a.m. Participants must register in advance.

The Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Society has supplied a grant to assist with the cost of training, leaving only $4.20 to be covered per participant. Group rates are available.

To register, phone 250-490-2311 or send an email.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

This year's theme is “Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month.” Many people don't test their smoke alarms as often as they should. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

“If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out,” said Penticton Fire Chief Wayne Williams. “

Smoke alarm tips:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  • Test smoke alarms every month.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in the home every 10 years.

Smoke alarms are an important part of a home escape plan, have a plan and practice it, make sure that everyone in the home can be awakened by the sound of the smoke alarm.

Statistics show that smoke alarms sound in only half of the home fires reported to fire departments with three of every five home fire deaths resulting from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. In more than one-third (37%) of home fire deaths it was found that no smoke alarms were present.

Smoke alarms play an important role in reducing fire deaths and injury.