CHATHAM-KENT (October 18, 2023) – This Saturday, October 21st is CHiRP Day in CK. Chatham-Kent Fire & Rescue (CKFR) firefighters from all 19 fire stations, along with community partners will be taking to the streets and knocking on doors, asking residents to check their alarms, and educating residents about safety in the home.
‘We have seen the tragedy of someone losing their life in a house fire in the past few weeks and we will do whatever we can to prevent this happening again,” states Fire Chief Chris Case. “We know a residence is significantly safer after a visit from our firefighters and we would rather come to your home bringing a home safety check than a hose-line.”
Chatham Kent Fire & Rescue’s CHiRP program provides residents with fire safety education in the home, while checking, testing, and replacing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
“CHiRP Home Safety Checks are simple, effective, and free. Firefighters will come into your home, check your alarms, and replace them, if necessary,” explains Public Information Officer, Whitney Burk. “We will chat about fire safety, escape planning, and answer any questions you may have. The entire process takes less than 10-15 minutes and then you know you and your family are protected from fire and carbon monoxide.”
Firefighters have been promoting the event by visiting schools across the municipality this month. As part of Fire Prevention Week, they’ve been handing out swag and educating students about fire safety.
If you would like a CHiRP Home Safety Check you can request one by visiting ckfire.ca or calling 519-360-1998. Watch for fire trucks on local streets on October 21st for CHiRP Day in CK!