Fire Prevention Week (October 3 – 9, 2021)
Whereas The District of Sooke is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting; and
Whereas Fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the locations where people are at greatest risk from fire; and
Whereas Smoke alarms detect smoke well before people can, alerting them to danger when they may only have two minutes to escape safely from a fire, and working smoke alarms reduce the risk of dying in home fires; and
Whereas Residents need to be sure everyone in the home understands the sounds and signals of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and knows how to respond; and
Whereas Residents will make sure their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms meet the needs of all their family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities; and
Whereas Residents who have planned and practiced a home fire escape plan are more prepared and will therefore be more likely to survive a fire; and
Whereas The District of Sooke’s firefighters are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education; and
Whereas Sooke’s residents are responsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes; and
Whereas The 2021 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” effectively serves to remind us it is important to learn the different sounds of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
NOW THEREFORE NOW, I Maja Tait, Mayor of the District of Sooke, hereby proclaim October 3 – 9, 2021, as “Fire Prevention Week”.