Fire Prevention Week begins Monday

POSTED: 10/10/12 12:17 PM

GREAT BAY- The St. Maarten Fire Department and the Friends of the Island Government Fire Fighters Foundation unveiled it 2012 plan for fire prevention week yesterday morning. Speaking at the fire and ambulance building in Cay Hill, Fire Prevention, Preparation, Education and Training Section Head Silvanico Pauletta emphasized that this year’s theme Protect Your Family Against Fire, The Time to Act Is Now, is a call for the entire community to increase its awareness on avoiding destructive fires.

Over the last month, the department had to respond to more than four fires at domestic and commercial properties as well as bush fires. The origins of some of these fires are still under investigation.

“Each year several people have to be rescued from their homes because of fire. Most fires are caused by stoves during cooking or by candles that are left unattended. Many fires are also caused by malfunctioning electrical appliances. To protect your family and property from fire it is essential that you and your family take the necessary fire precautions. Taking the necessary precautions starts with being aware of how fires are started and the dangers of fire. Once awareness is created each should do their best to prevent a fire from starting,” Pauletta said.

Fire Prevention Week has been slated for next Monday until Saturday, October 20. It will be opened at Philipsburg Cultural Centre at 7:30 pm. The opening will be followed by the first lecture on fire safety.

In a full color pamphlet created as part of the awareness material for this year’s activities, Pauletta adds that “Whether you are at home or at work, it is very important that you have a plan ready in the event that a fire should break out and that you practice it regularly. All over the world where these principals are practiced, fire casualties and damages have dropped considerably.”

Other activities planned for next week include a drawing competition among primary school students while secondary pupils will have the opportunity to create a slogan, a jingle or a video clip which will be used to raise fire safety awareness on St. Maarten. Lectures will also be given by the department as part of an awareness campaign in collaboration with the newly installed Community Police Officers and the Community Help Desks. Those in attendance will be able to see first-hand demonstrations on the proper use of a fire extinguisher and the standard operating procedures the Fire Department uses when responding to emergencies.

The week will end with an open house at the Clem Labega Square on October 20 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. At this event information on fire safety products, insurance and fire alarms will be provided.

A smoke detector, an evacuation plan and a fire extinguisher are three important items, the Fire Department can help save a life or prevent a fire from getting out of control.

Apart from Pauletta, the coordinating committee for this year’s activities includes Kirk Richardson, Anthony Gibs, Sharnell James and William York.

Did you like this? Share it:
Fire Prevention Week begins Monday by

Comments are closed.