OTTAWA, March 20, 2014 /CNW/ - There is no better time than the present
to ensure your home and family are prepared in the event of a fire. To
raise awareness of potential fire hazards throughout the year, the
Government of Canada and the Aboriginal Firefighters' Association of Canada are teaming up to launch the BeFireSafe education campaign.
The BeFireSafe national awareness campaign will feature a series of fire prevention and safety tips
throughout the year that Canada and AFAC encourage people to follow.
Messages will be shared through radio features and various social media,
and important tools and links will be available on the AANDC and AFAC
BeFireSafe will focus on topics such as being cautious with open flame, barbeque
and heater safety, careful use and storage of chemicals, the importance
of having working smoke detectors and planning an escape route for your
family. It underscores the important role everyone has in preventing
fires both inside and outside the home.
The Aboriginal Firefighters' Association of Canada (AFAC) does extremely
important work in the community and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) is pleased to partner with AFAC which will lead this important
Protect your family and home by operating and maintaining heating
equipment safely, installing and regularly testing smoke and CO2
alarms, and developing and practicing a home escape plan.
Burning yard waste or open pit fires result in more than 25 per cent of
all grass and brush fires.
Heating equipment is involved in 1 in every 7 reported home fires and 1
in every 6 home fire deaths.
Canada provides approximately $215,000 funding annually to the
Aboriginal Firefighters' Association of Canada to increase awareness of
fire prevention strategies.
"We all have a role to play in preventing fires in our homes and
communities which is why our Government is proud to be teaming up with
the Aboriginal Firefighters' Association of Canada to raise awareness
about the importance of fire safety and prevention throughout the year.
Fire prevention can make a positive difference in reducing fire
incidence and can even save lives."
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"On behalf of the AFAC Board of Directors we are excited to participate
in a project that enhances fire awareness across the country to First
Nations communities. This fire prevention campaign augments the hard
work done by regional First Nations organizations coast to coast and
hopefully helps communities fight fires that never happen."
Executive Director, Aboriginal Firefighters' Association of Canada
AANDC - Fire Prevention and Awareness
Audio News Release - Fire Safety Tips
First Nation Fire Protection Services: Frequently Asked Questions
Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada
National Fire Protection Association
Fire Prevention in Aboriginal Communities - CMHC Manual
Fire Prevention in Aboriginal Communities - CMHC DVD
Fire Prevention in Aboriginal Communities - CMHC Research Data
Health Canada - Smoke Detectors
SOURCE: Government of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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