City of Tonawanda celebrates Fire Prevention Week
BY: Kim Sabshin | October 09, 2013
TONAWANDA - In honor of this year’s National Fire Prevention Week, which runs from Sunday, Oct. 6 until Saturday, Oct. 12, the City of Tonawanda Fire Department visited public and private schools in the city district to spread awareness about fire safety in the home. The department will also host an open house at 44 William St. from noon-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12.
The school visits included both informational discussion and distribution of packets to be sent home to parents about fire safety in the home, with an emphasis on safe cooking and preventing fire accidents while families prepare meals in their kitchens.
The open house, which is free and open to all, will include educational activities, demonstrations of the department’s firefighting equipment, door prizes, and fire truck rides. Those who attend will also be entered into a raffle to have dinner with on-duty firefighters at their station and pose for family photos with frames courtesy of the fire department. Food will also be served, which will include firehouse chili, hot dogs, and beverages.
During the event, the fire department, along with the Kiwanis Club of the Tonawandas, will promote their “Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Program,” which is intended to encourage residents to check their smoke alarms and ensure that they are not inadvertently exposing family members to danger by not having working alarms.
During this program, members of the fire department will visit City of Tonawanda residents in their homes to check their smoke alarms, and will provide free batteries to residents if the alarms are found to not be in working order. They will also provide new smoke alarms to residents who do not have alarms currently installed in their homes.
“The City of Tonawanda campaign is part of an effort to reach out to local residents, including seniors, young people and residents who reside in areas that are vulnerable to fire,” the fire department said in a press release. “Installing smoke alarms in the homes of the City of Tonawanda residents who don’t have them will increase their odds of surviving a home fire.”
The press release added that, according to the National Fire Protection Association, a sponsor for Fire Prevention Week, 70 percent of fire-related casualties in the United States occur in homes that either lack smoke alarms or have ones that do not work properly.
“Our goal is to make sure residents have the protection of a smoke alarm,” Assistant City of Tonawanda Fire Chief Michael Young said. “Because smoke alarms alone won’t prevent every fire death, our project includes educating residents to have a home fire escape plan so they know what to do if the smoke alarm sounds.”
“Fire can grow and spread through a home in a matter of minutes,” Fire Chief Charles Stuart said. “That’s why the advance warning provided by smoke alarms can be essential to saving lives. By participating in this community smoke alarm installation, the City of Tonawanda Fire Department is helping to ensure that local residents are safer in their homes.”
If you would like to schedule an appointment with the department to have your home inspected, please call the city’s Office of Fire Prevention at 692-1275 or 609-0640. The City of Tonawanda Fire Department, the Kiwanis Club of the Tonawandas, and Shanor Electric Supply of Buffalo are sponsoring the installation program.