October marks Fire Prevention Month

The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week, which runs October 3 to 9, is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” and the province is issuing a challenge to the public to “Get Loud” to ensure everyone has working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes.

Ontario Fire Marshal Jon Pegg says “testing your alarms is the only way to ensure they are working properly and keep you and your family alerted in the event of a fire. Get to know the sounds your alarms make. If the alarm doesn’t sound, install a new battery. If the alarm still doesn’t sound, replace the alarm with a new, certified one.”

By law, every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. According to the government press release, too often, fatal fires in the province occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. In 2019, over a third of residential cases of fire resulting in loss of life, injury, or property damage had either a non-functioning smoke alarm or no alarm.

Fire Prevention Week is proclaimed annually by the Governor General and was first recognized in Canada in 1923. It was first established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

The “Get Loud!” campaign is focused on educating Ontarians to recognize the different sounds smoke or carbon monoxide alarms make and identify if they need new batteries or the alarms need to be replaced. Our local Fire Prevention Officers participate regularly in webinars for seniors.  Check the Activity Calendar on our website to keep up to date on presentations of interest.

Take out meal on Thursday, October 28th, 2021 Community Care continues the monthly curbside pick-up of meals on Thursday, the 28th of October.  Chef Bill Grieve of Wheelhouse and Occasions catering is preparing homemade soup, roast turkey with stuffing, potatoes, vegetable and a roll. Pumpkin pie is for dessert.  The cost is only $15.00/meal and seniors 60+ can order by calling the Community Care office at 613-476-7493. All meals must be paid for in advance.

Meals will be packaged hot and ready to be picked up at The View Restaurant at the Picton Golf Club.  Only those who preorder and pay will be served. To order, or for more information, call 613-476-7493. Orders will be taken until, Monday, October 25th.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes