Firefighters from the Charlottetown Fire Department’s Station No. 1 will be knocking on doors for the month of September to talk about fire safety.
The visits will include an inspection of smoke alarms, focusing on apartments and homes rented by students for the upcoming school year.
Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee says the fire department works hard to protect all residents in the city.
“The department’s efforts include those who are only here for a short time, which is why there is such a focus on students who are just moving into a new residence,” said the mayor.
“I encourage all residents to cooperate with uniformed fire officials, who have already started making their rounds throughout the City with the Engine 1 fire truck.”
Councillor David MacDonald, chair of the city’s protective and emergency services committee, said the Charlottetown Fire Department has a staff person dedicated to inspecting smoke alarms throughout the year. Those efforts are ramped up in September when students start arriving.
“Smoke alarms save lives — that’s the bottom line,” said MacDonald.
“The smoke alarm campaign is critical to fire safety, and it provides residents with another way to connect directly with our firefighters.”
Fire Chief Randy MacDonald said the campaign to visit students’ residences began last week and will continue until Sept. 28
“The fire department would like to thank those who have already met with our firefighters and allowed them to conduct a smoke alarm inspection,” said Fire Chief MacDonald. “We look forward to meeting more of our newest residents, and invite anyone with questions relating to fire safety to contact us.”