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Aug. 7, 2020 | Friday
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NOTL firefighters helping teach kids fire safety with home kits
From left, Jay Plato, deputy fire chief – community risk Reduction, and Brad Disher, fire prevention and public education officer, show off the fire safety kits that NOTL Fire & Emergency Services will be delivering to children. (Town of NOTL photo)

The Niagara-on-the-Lake fire department wants to help kids learn fire safety, and safely, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The department will be delivering fire education kits directly to homes in town.

The kits, which come from the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council, are designed for children from preschool to Grade 3 and come with a colouring/activity book, stickers, bookmarks, home escape plan work sheets, a child-sized fire helmet and an assortment of toys.

Due to constraints created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the department has been re-evaluating the methods by which it educates the public on the importance of being fire safe, said a town media release.

“Social media has proven to be a successful platform to reach the community, however these fire safety kits are specifically geared toward educating the younger, school-aged demographic,” the department said.

“Since fire prevention and public education officers are currently unable to connect with children in school environments, these kits offer a new avenue to deliver important messaging in a fun and interactive way. Each item in the kit is adorned with fire safety messages.”

“During these challenging times, we want to ensure that people are still thinking about and practicing fire safety,” said deputy fire chief Jay Plato.

“We are pleased to be able to offer fire safety kits to children within our community.”

“For the past several years, fire staff have conducted school presentations each spring, ensuring students receive important fire safety messaging,” he added.

“Delivering these kits to local children will ensure they are still receiving this vital messaging.”

Anyone who wishes to secure a fire safety kit for your child can email firedepartment@notl.com. A member of NOTL Fire & Emergency Services will deliver it directly to your door.

 

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