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Department Receives $500 Stipend to conduct a Home Fire Sprinkler Educational Program from May 17th – 23rd

Port Alberni BC - The Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $500 stipend from the national nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) and State Farm to increase home fire sprinkler education locally by hosting a community event during Home Fire Sprinkler Week May 17-23.

HFSC co-sponsors Home Fire Sprinkler Week, an educational program carried out annually in the U.S. and Canada and this year the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department will be conducting media awareness with the NFPA Fire Sprinkler Initiative. The Week unites the fire service in the effort to increase awareness of home fire dangers to civilians and responders and includes facts about installing fire sprinklers in new homes.

“Every community needs the facts about home fire sprinklers, including the Alberni Valley. We are honored to have been selected for this generous stipend,” said Chris Wynans Fire Prevention Officer, of the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department. “Using the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s educational materials, we will raise awareness of how quickly a home fire can become deadly and the life-saving impact of installing home fire sprinklers.”

According to HFSC:
• Without sprinklers, today’s home fires become deadly in as little as two minutes.
• These fires put residents and firefighters at risk from toxic smoke, heat and flames.
• With sprinklers, in a home fire the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate when the temperature reaches about 165F.
• The sprinkler will spray water directly on the fire, controlling or putting it out. In most home fires just one sprinkler activates.

For more information about home fire sprinklers, visit the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition website at Home Fire Sprinkler.org

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