Fire prevention week in Chatham-Kent

Photo: Firefighter Phil Resendes (left) and Jamie Matteis (right). Released by CKFES.

Fire officials remind the public it’s Fire Prevention Week – a week to ensure your home is protected from fire and carbon monoxide.

“We encourage everyone is CK to sign-up for a CHiRP Check – firefighters will visit your home, make sure your alarms are working, located in the correct spot and not expired,” explains Public Educator, Whitney Burk. “We will answer questions and discuss other fire safety precautions – including the importance of having a home escape plan.”

“Early detection is key, as you may have less than 3 minutes to get out of your home safely during a fire,” Burk continues. “The biggest misconception we see is people believe they are protected because they press the button on their alarms and it beeps, however the sensors inside the alarms wear out over time. Alarms, even hardwired alarms, need to be replaced about every ten years or as recommended in the manufactures instructions.”

Firefighter from all 19 stations will be out in their communities going door-to-door completing CHiRP checks throughout the month of October.

Other Fire Prevention Week events taking place include:

  1. School visits across CK
  1. Friday October 12th – Coffee with a Firefighters at McDonald’s in Wallaceburg from 10-noon
  1. Saturday October 13th – Open House at Station #18 in Blenheim 10-2
  1. Social Media Contest – Facebook, Twitter & Instagram runs until October 13th

“We need your help spreading the word about our CHiRP Check program.” Says Burk, “LIKE, SHARE, TAG and FOLLOW for a chance to win a Nest Protect Wi-Fi Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm.”

For more information or to book a CHiRP Home Safety Check, visit:, call 519.360.1998 or email at

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