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Tuesday October 9th, 2012

Posted at 12:00pm

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Windsor’s Chief Administrative Officer, Helga Reidel, kicked off Windsor’s Fire Prevention Week this morning outside of Devonshire Mall by extinguishing a blaze set by a fire extinguisher demonstration machine.

The international Fire Prevention Week campaign runs from October 7th to 13th this year, and the theme for 2012 is “Have 2 Ways Out!”.

“First and foremost, each home needs the proper number of fully functioning smoke alarms,” said Chief Bruce Montone. “From there, residents need to plan and practice an escape procedure that they can easily execute if those smoke alarms sound.”

It’s no secret that most fires can be prevented, and such is the case of the dozens upon dozens of fire incidents that windsoriteDOTca has covered this year. Fire officials say that nearly every fire is preventable if you are careful and have a strategy to ensure that fires do not start in the first place.

Also at the kickoff event, Chief Montone announced the details of a new program called Caring Outreach Program and Education (COPE). Windsor residents will now be able to request free voluntary home inspections and/or free quarterly wellness checks. The goal of the program is to assist homeowners in identifying potential hazards within their home and taking the necessary steps to prevent emergencies from occurring.

Chief Montone was careful to note that COPE is not designed as an enforcement measure. “COPE is about education and proactive protection,” said the Chief. “It’s not about punishing residents for fire code violations.”

The Windsor Fire Prevention Show runs until Saturday at Devonshire Mall.

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