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PNEFD Prevention Activities
Fire prevention program aimed at saving life and property.
The Petrolia and North Enniskillen Fire Department (PNEFD) offers the community a wide range of fire and life safety activities. All volunteer firefighters participate in the delivery of this program. The basis of the program is a section of the Fire Protection and Prevention Act that describes a minimal acceptable fire and life safety education model. The PNEFD exceeds the basic model in many ways.
The five key components of the program include:
A smoke alarm program
Smoke Alarm Program
Most fire deaths in the home occur at night and involve the misuse of smoking materials or cooking equipment. The installation and maintenance of smoke alarms in dwellings has proven to be effective in alerting occupants in the early stages of fire. Ontario statistics show that a working smoke alarm can greatly increase the chances of surviving a fire.
The PNEFD Alarmed for Life program provides:
(On farms in the rural area, a farm safety tube program is added to the regular home visit.)
Approximately 80 per cent of the homes have at least one working smoke detector. However, it has been discovered that homes with the greatest fire risk are often the homes that do not have detectors.
In addition, escape planning has been discussed by approximately 70 per cent of Petrolia area residents, but less than half have ever practiced their plan.
Fire safety education material distribution
The PNEFD has a large inventory of printed materials, videos, lesson guides, etc. that are made available free of charge to residents and organizations in the community. The school system is one of the largest users of this safety material.
Each year in October during Fire Prevention Week, the PNEFD focuses on one of Petrolia’s three elementary schools and conducts a wide range of activities in addition to distributing fire safety material to the students.
In addition to the home smoke alarm visits, specially trained members of the PNEFD conduct inspections of community buildings including: schools, churches, day care facilities, businesses, licensed establishments, the Bluewater Health CEE site, nursing homes, special care facilities, industries, apartments and multiple family dwellings, and other buildings upon request.
Firefighters typically complete 100 to 150 inspections annually to ensure compliance with the fire code and general safety practices. In a few cases, legal action is taken to ensure compliance. Commonly found items requiring corrective action include:
Burnt-out exit lights
Simplified risk assessment
The development of a risk assessment provides direction for PNEFD fire prevention activities by focusing attention on the most vulnerable groups or individuals in the community.
Specific targeted activities
Specific programs and/or activities have been developed or incorporated into the PNEFD prevention program based upon our community profile (Simplified Risk Assessment).
The following fire prevention/inspection activities are available from the department:
Smoke alarm home inspection program
Contact our Fire Prevention Division at "Fire Prevention Request"