To the Port Colborne Community,
As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic across Niagara, I wanted to update you about how the Fire Department is responding with changes to our operations, and provide some safety tips for your and your family.
Our proactive fire inspection program, including our door-to-door program, and public education program, has been suspended for the duration of this pandemic to reduce the risk of exposure for both our staff and the community.
We will continue to provide fire prevention messaging through our social media accounts. Be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to stay updated.
If you require assistance with a troublesome alarm, please do not hesitate to call us at 905-834-4512. At the time of your call, you may be asked a series of questions that are related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The questions may be asked by the individual answering the call, or upon our arrival at your home. Please respond to the questions honestly as the health and safety of our Fire Fighters is a top-priority. We need to be able to assist you, the citizens of Port Colborne, should your time of need arise. We have to stay healthy, as do our families, and with your assistance that is possible.
The Fire Department has taken numerous proactive actions in an effort to protect the community as well as first responders. It is imperative that we stay healthy and able to respond should an unfortunate fire emergency occur in your home. We are asking that you practice fire safety and limit the opportunity for a fire emergency to occur in your home or on your property. We need your assistance in keeping all of us safe.
- Always remember to maintain your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms by testing them regularly and checking the manufacturer’s date. Did you change the batteries when the clocks sprung forward? Since you are home more, now is a good time to do that if you have not already.
- Plan two ways out and practice the evacuation of the people in your home.
- Use caution around the stove and never leave it unattended while cooking.
- Candles are a safety hazard. Use them cautiously and make sure they are out when you are not in the immediate area.
- Store matches and lighters safely and out of the reach of children.
- Don't be careless when smoking or discarding cigarettes.
Children are at home and inside more now than ever before. They will be curious. We may let our guard down and that is when things happen. Here are a few tips to keep your children safe:
- Eliminate risk wherever possible, including the aforementioned safe use of candles and storage of matches and lighters.
- Seal laundry supplies and store in a safe location.
- Cupboards that are full of chemicals and cleaners are always easy places for children to access and are very dangerous. Move these items to a safe location or lock cupboard doors.
Your Fire Department is here to assist you and your family at your time of need should you have and unfortunate occurrence. We need you to stay alert and lead a fire safe life. At times like these, you are the key to keeping the lives of your family members as well as the lives of your Fire Department and their families safe.
Please stay safe and healthy while you stay home, Port Colborne. Together we can save lives.
Thomas B. Cartwright
Port Colborne Fire & Emergency Services