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Fire Prevention Week is a time to strive for fire safety and
remember the devastating losses caused by fire in Nova Scotia.

Labour Minister Manning MacDonald and Fire Marshal Bob Cormier
today asked Nova Scotians to take a moment to remember people who
have been killed or injured in fires across the province.

"It's important to remember that behind the headlines and the
statistics are real families who have suffered tremendous loss,"
said the minister. "These tragedies really bring home the
importance of fire safety and prevention."

The fire marshal added that fire safety is a year-round issue.
Fire Prevention Week lasts seven days, from October 6 to 12, but
fire safety must be a concern 365 days a year.

The fire marshal issued a challenge to Nova Scotians to test
their smoke detectors in recognition of Fire Prevention Week. "A
working smoke detector is still the number one life saver in
situations where a fire has started," said Mr. Cormier.

Some other tips include: using an electrically controlled and
approved deep fat fryer; keeping lighters and matches out of the
reach of children; storing combustible materials a safe distance
from heating equipment; and knowing your fire emergency number.
It is also important to purchase only approved equipment, learn
how to use it, and have it maintained and repaired by qualified
service personnel.

Each year across Canada, there are approximately 66,000 fires
(one every 11 minutes), causing $1.24 billion in property damage.
In Nova Scotia last year, there were over 2,000 fires. Major
fires continue to involve smoking, cooking appliances and heating
equipment. Nationally, about 400 people die in fires each year.
In Nova Scotia last year the number was 14.

The good news, said the fire marshal, is that the provincial
trend has improved and stabilized over the past two years. He
cited the Learn Not to Burn children's education program,
increased partnerships with consumers and suppliers, and the
commitment of the fire service as reasons for the improvement.

The minister acknowledged the outstanding contributions made by
all fire departments, both paid and volunteer, and their local
auxiliaries. "They provide a vital service to Nova Scotians. They
save lives, reduce losses, and provide leadership in education
and prevention. They have the courage and foresight to be part of
the solution," he said.

The minister called on all Nova Scotians to work for fire safety.
"I encourage you to support your local fire department, to
educate yourself and your family, and to think and act for fire
prevention. Together we can make Nova Scotia the most fire safe
province in Canada."


Contact: Bob Cormier  902-424-5721

trp                    Oct. 08, 1996 - 10:15 a.m.