Estevan Fire Rescue Department had a successful Fire Prevention Week last week. Fire Chief Dale Feser shares, "We were out and about doing the door to door Smoke Detector Campaign, canvassing a target area of the city on Tuesday night and Thursday night. We did take a break in between as we were asked to be in attendance for the Emergency Services Appreciation Night at the Estevan Bruins Club as well as the citizens of Estevan had put on. We are very appreciative to see that type of support from our community. We were able to get out there, interact with the public and present some fire prevention materials. It was very nice to see, it was very well attended. All emergency services were in attendance and had some type of display set up as well, so it was great to be out there."
"The Smoke Detector Campaign ran on the Tuesday night and Thursday night of Fire Prevention Week. With that, we visited a total of 60 homes in those two nights, 35 allowed entry into their homes so we could check how their fire alarms were working. 4 refused entry and 21 of those residents were not home."
Feser stares, "Out of the 35 homes we were able to enter, only 4 residents were not equipped with smoke alarms at all, but as far as we're concerned that 4 too many. We took the opportunity to install working smoke alarms in those homes. There were a total of 5 had smoke alarms in place but had a dead battery. All the smoke alarms we install or change are free of charge to customers as well as changing dead batteries in smoke alarms as well. There were a total of 18 residents that had one or two smoke alarms that needed to be replaced as they were over 10 years of age. I want to remind everyone that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors do have an extended lifespan of 10 years. once they reach that lifespan you will want to replace them with a newer model so that way you are ensuring a certain amount of protection in your home."
"We replaced a total of 8 batteries and installed a total of 33 smoke alarms in the 35 residents we visited. A lot of them were just adding additional smoke alarms near bedrooms and around mechanical maintenance areas."
The Estevan Fire Rescue Department still have 50/50 tickets on sale. You can get yours at the fire hall or you contact a firefighter. The draw will be made on October 27th.