The Richmond Hill Fire Department will be conducting several programs this year for Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 10-14.
To celebrate the event, the Richmond Hill Fire Department will visit both Richmond Hill Primary School and Richmond Hill Elementary School in order to talk to the students about fire safety. Students will learn about 911, Stop Drop & Roll, Get Out – Stay Out, and even meet our new fire department mascot, Axe. They will also be receiving a special gift from the department. The department also will host several school field trips to Station 1 on Ford Avenue throughout the month of October.
Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a week in October as Fire Prevention Week, and establishes a theme for the event. This year, the theme is “Don’t Wait, Check the Date!” This year’s theme aims to remind people that smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years. The manufacture date on the back of all smoke detectors should be checked, and if the device is more than 10 years old, it should be replaced.
In addition, RHFD will host an “Open House” at Station 1 for the entire Fire Prevention Week. Residents are encouraged to stop by for a quick tour of the station, sign up to receive free smoke detectors, or even register for a CPR class.