Thunder Bay Fire Rescue kicked-off Fire Prevention Week at Nor’wester View Elementary School today. Students from the grade 4/5 class educated a gymnasium full of classmates, teachers and Thunder Bay Fire Rescue personnel on general home fire safety and the importance of working smoke alarms.

Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 7-13, and this year’s theme is, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

“Working smoke alarms give you the early warning needed to safely escape a fire,” said Fire Chief John Hay. “These students did an excellent job educating their classmates on the importance of working smoke alarms.”

Chief Hay also explained that you must never re-enter a burning building once you have safely escaped and to call 911 from outside your home, or from a neighbour’s house.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue reminds residents that it’s the law to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are required outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fireplace, an attached garage or a fuel fired appliance.

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Contact:       Anthony Stokaluk, Public Education Officer – Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, 625-2802, cell 631-7033 or

Fire Prevention Week Kick-off event