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LOOK, LISTEN and LEARN about fire safety during this year’s
Fire Prevention Week (October 7-13, 2018)! 

LOOK for potential fire hazards around your home. Take action to prevent fire from starting: •Always stay in the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove. 

  • Encourage smokers to smoke outside. Always extinguish cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over. 
  • Check electrical cords for damage such as fraying or nicks. A damaged cord can expose wires and result in a potential shock or fire hazard. 

LISTEN for the smoke alarms in an emergency. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarms and can hear them in an emergency. Early detection of fire provided by smoke alarms gives you the extra seconds you need to get out safely. 

LEARN two ways out of every room. Practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home before a fire starts so you and your family can get out quickly. 

Learn about the different ways the Town is helping to prepare and educate residents on the importance of public safety in our community. Protecting the health, safety, welfare and economic health of residents, businesses and visitors of the East Gwillimbury remains one of the Town’s top priorities. To learn more take a look at the Town of East Gwillimbury Emergency Plan.  There are also many programs and partnerships that the Town engages in to help protect and ensure public safety throughout our community.

The Community Education provides fire and life safety education programs to schools, residents and the community at large.  Personnel inspect and test fire protection systems, review and assist with development of fire safety plans, conduct fire investigations and develop public education programs.  Fire Prevention reviews all plans for proposed construction sites and structures (non residential), and also inspects existing buildings to ensure compliance to the Ontario Fire Code and the fire Safety requirements of the Ontario Building Code.

As part of the Town's commitment to community safety Emergency Services has a full-time Fire Inspector and Public Educator.