Acting Fire Chief Officer Lambert Charles has called on the public to give priority to installing smoke detectors at homes and businesses in order to increase early detection of fires, particularly at night. Charles says smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained, play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.
“Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a fire significantly.”
The reminder comes as the Saint Lucia Fire Service is gearing for a week of public sensitization on the subject of Fire Prevention. The annual Fire Prevention Week of activities will be held under the theme: “hear the beep while you sleep, every home needs a working smoke alarm”. Incidentally a similar theme was used last year (working smoke detectors save lives, test yours every month) because of the ongoing relevance of this message.
The week starts on Sunday, October 4, 2015 with messages to all stations. Monday, October 5 marksThanksgiving holiday; however on Tuesday 6 the Fire Chief will deliver a statement on the occasion of Fire Prevention Week via the National Television Network (NTN). Also on that day the management and staff will undertake outreach activities in the communities of Gros Islet and Laborie. Outreach visits will see Fire Officers visiting sick and shut –in members of those communities as well as delivering school presentations on Fire Safety and Prevention. Outreach will also take the form of an Open Day and an Information Desk at strategic shopping centers.
In order to fully amplify its message the Saint Lucia Service will make several media appearances in attempt to reach a wider public audience on the issue of Fire Prevention and Safety in Saint Lucia.