NEW GLASGOW – After this week, every Grade 2 student in Pictou County will have received a free smoke detector.
New Glasgow Deputy Fire Chief Ross White, left, and Tilda Fleming of A.A. Munro Insurance give a smoke detector to Grade 2 student Adden MacDonald, 6. Members of the fire department were on hand giving a presentation on Fire Prevention Week to students at A.G. Baillie school Friday. JOHN BRANNEN – THE NEWS
It was the goal of staff and volunteers at A.A. Munro Insurance and the New Glasgow Fire department to reach out to the students during Fire Prevention Week.
“Last year, 75 smoke detectors were given out to Grade 2 students,” said Tilda Fleming of A.A. Munro Insurance, who was on hand at A.G. Baillie Elementary School in New Glasgow. “This year, we expanded the program to include Grade 2 students at 24 schools in Pictou County.”
The result was approximately 900 smoke detectors handed to students and, hopefully, fire- and smoke-related deaths prevented.
New Glasgow Deputy Fire Chief Ross White said the aim is that the smoke alarms will supplement existing alarms in a house.
“These alarms are for the student’s bedroom,” he said. “It’s an extra precaution just in case a fire occurs.”
The alarms were given out to coincide with Fire Prevention Week in Canada but given specifically to Grade 2 students because of the alarm’s expiry date.
“These smoke detectors have a lifespan of about 10 years,” said Fleming. “Basically, for most families, it expires as the student is leaving the home for higher education or a job at around age 19.”
Fire Prevention Week in Canada has a mission to increase the awareness of fire prevention and safety through direct education of the public. The organization’s goal is to reduce the number of mostly preventable residential fires across this country, some of which are fatal.
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