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Public Education

The Public Education division is often asked to speak on various fire safety topics from small groups to very large audiences. We try to accommodate every speaking engagement request and we are available to speak after hours if need be.

Want to be a Puslinch Hero? Help Fire Prevention gather valuable statistics by completing a short survey on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home.  2019 Fire Heroes Survey

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Barn Fire

Photo of Barn on Fire

Watch this video (Part 1 and Part 2) to learn more about Barn Fire Prevention.

 

Carbon monoxide

Learn more about Ontario's new CO Alarm Law. Many lives could be saved and suffering could be prevented if citizens were fully informed and capable of recognizing and preventing the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Preventive efforts such as checking furnace flues, chimneys, and vents could help to alleviate the hazard. The use of good common sense in not using open flames, ovens, and other appliances not intended for heating could reduce the number of carbon monoxide-related incidents. It's also recommended that homeowners have their complete heating systems inspected before every heating season.

Fire extinguisher training

Puslinch Fire and Rescue Service currently offer fire extinguisher training courses for groups and organizations in the Township who are seeking value-added professional training in fire extinguisher operation.

The courses we offer run approximately two hours each and can accommodate groups of 12 to 24 participants, subject to space availability. The courses can be held at your organization's location (if suitable), in order to minimize the impact on the working day. Alternatively, they can be held at the fire department. The course involves both a lecture and practical component. We do charge a fee for this service.

Home fire safety campaign

Fire department staff visit residences in the Township every fall to create awareness around smoke alarms in homes and home escape planning. During this time, firefighters educate residents on the importance of having at least one working smoke alarm on every level and outside sleeping areas of your home. They also offer to conduct an inspection of smoke alarms to ensure that they are in working condition and on every level of the home (including basement) and outside every sleeping area.

The Home Fire Safety campaign is a unique program that allows the firefighters to be present and proactive in the Township. The fire department reaches out to the public by going door-to-door with important fire safety messages, inviting them to ask questions, and giving them the opportunity to get free assistance with smoke alarm installation, if needed.

The Ontario Fire Code states that every residence must have a working smoke alarm on all floor levels of their home, including basements and outside every sleeping area. The Township has the ability to lay charges when the Fire Code violations involving smoke alarms are found. However, the focus of the Home Fire Safety campaign is on education and ensuring compliance. If homeowners are not compliant, charges will not be laid as a result of the campaign if the homeowner brings their home into compliance.

Smoke alarms

The OFM recommends that:

  • If anyone in the household sleeps with the bedroom door closed, install an alarm inside their bedroom.
  • Batteries never be removed from smoke alarms. If nuisance alarms are a problem, try moving the alarm to another location or purchase an alarm with a "hush feature" that temporarily silences the alarm.
  • Smoke alarms are replaced every 10 years.
  • Smoke alarms are tested once a month and the batteries be replaced every year.
  • Everyone in the household knows what to do if the smoke alarm sounds.
  • Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it with the entire household.

TAPP-C

TAPP-C stands for The Arson Prevention Program for Children. The fire prevention and public education divisions administer this program. The first phase of the program is a home visit and an initial contact with a child and family that have been involved in a fire setting incident. The second phase could include specialized counselling by various mental health experts or a classroom-like program that will enforce the idea of safe fire behavior.

Volunteer firefighter green light

Do you know what a green flashing light on a personal vehicle means? This is the sign of an approaching Volunteer Firefighter who is responding to the fire hall or possibly to the scene of an emergency.

In 1990 the HTA, Highway Traffic Act, was amended to allow the use of flashing green lights by volunteer firefighters responding to an emergency call. The purpose of the green light is to help other drivers recognize a firefighter is en-route to an emergency and to be courteous and yield the right-of-way. Vehicles with flashing green lights do not have any special privileges and drivers must adhere to all the rules of the HTA. The use of the light is controlled by the Fire Chief and each firefighter using the green light understands the privilege and the purpose of the light. Sometimes a motorist does not understand the significance of the lights and may react with unplanned or unpredictable actions. Firefighters must continually assess and adjust their driving speed to the posted speed limit, traffic conditions, road conditions and the urgency of the response. Their goal is to arrive safely but as quickly as possible to the emergency scene.

Puslinch Volunteer Firefighters are committed to provide for the safety and welfare of our residents and the public through the preservation of life, property and the environment. Your assistance in recognizing our green lights and yielding the right of way will help us achieve our goals.

Please yield the right of way. We could be responding to your house.