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Coquitlam Fire/Rescue Hosts Open House

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COQUITLAM, BC, October 7, 2013 – During Fire Prevention Week - October 5-11 - Coquitlam Fire/Rescue is reminding local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

To learn more about how working smoke alarms save lives, join your Coquitlam Firefighters for their annual Fire Prevention Week Open House:

When:  Thursday, October 9 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Town Centre Fire Station, 1300 Pinetree Way

(*Free parking is available at the north parking lot of Town Centre Park in Lot E and in the north lot of Pinetree Secondary.)

Coquitlam’s Fire/Rescue Open House also includes plenty of family activities including an inflatable fire safety house and fire truck displays as well as prizes, including a ride to school on a fire truck (Coquitlam schools only).

About Smoke Alarms
In a fire, seconds count and, according the BC Office of the Fire Commissioner, most fires in the home are reported in the evening when families are home. Fires that posed the greatest risk to resident life safety happen between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Working, home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.
Other tips include:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

To find out more about fire safety, visit www.coquitlam.ca/firesafety

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Media Contact:
Kim Saulnier,
Certified Fire Inspector and Fire & Life Safety Educator
Coquitlam Fire Rescue
P: 604-889-4972
E: ksaulnier@coquitlam.ca