It is Fire Prevention Week across Alberta starting on October 7, and the Drumheller Fire Department wants to remind you about fire safety.
While fire safety is something we should remember all year long, Fire Prevention Week is a refresher for most.
This year's theme is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere."
"It's basically for people to look around their house, remove any potential for fire, make sure your smoke detectors are operational and less then ten years old, test your smoke detectors monthly and have a plan with your family if the detector goes off where to meet outside," explained Drumheller Fire Chief Bruce Wade.
Organization and preparedness are key when combating structure fire emergencies. Having a fire escape plan and practicing it regularly is highly encouraged.
"To be able to get out of your house in three minutes, because the potential now with modern furniture, you only have about three minutes to get out," continued Wade.
Wade goes on to say the increase of prevention weeks and education on fire safety has impacted the Drumheller valley greatly.
"The area here, everyone is pretty good and aware with detectors and having them operational. Through the school programs, the education of the young kids, and just people's general awareness through the news, people are more aware," praised Wade.
If you are looking for more information on Fire Prevention Week, you can check out the Alberta Municipal Affairs website here.