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Posted: May 17, 2019

Fire safety initiative for youth returns to Fernie

Fernie Fire Rescue is once again leading an educational fire safety initiative for local students.

Dedicated to helping young people get the information they need to prevent fire-related injuries and fatalities, this is the 14th time the organization has brought an award-winning safety resource to area youth.

Each student between the ages of seven to 11 will receive a copy of Fire Safety: Smart choices for LIFE. The book is filled with useful information about avoiding fire, planning an escape route from your home, and what to do if fire breaks out. The materials are produced by Community Safety Net and are widely used to educate young people about fire prevention.

This valuable safety resource was made available to the youth through the generous support of local businesses and organizations. House fires are the third-leading cause of death among children — mostly as a result of smoke inhalation. Sadly, kids start 30% of these fires. Such sobering statistics illustrate the need for fire safety education among young people.

“We believe that educating our students is vital for fire prevention and life safety. Having been the 14th time we have brought this initiative to the community, we believe we are reaching all ages of youth. By educating our children about fire safety, we are assisting with the elimination of fires started by children,” stated Fire Chief Ted Ruiter. “We encourage parents to use the resources available to assist with the learning at home.”

City of Fernie


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