Hockey fans in the Municipality of Port Hope will see a big change at the Jack Burger Sports Complex (JBSC) arena during the home opener for the Port Hope Panthers this Saturday, September 15, with the addition of Port Hope’s largest smoke alarm surrounding the rink’s centre ice, in an effort to remind all patrons that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives.
“When presented the idea, we absolutely had to jump at the opportunity,” explained C. Ryan Edgar, Fire Chief and Director of Fire and Emergency Services for the Municipality of Port Hope. “During hockey games or other on-ice events, all eyes are on the rink, so why not brand that space and help to get our message out to the community. We wanted to take advantage of this high visibility location, and our new ‘Working Smoke/CO Alarms Save Lives’ graphic really stands out and will make a huge impact.”
The initiative, which was a collaboration between members of the Municipality’s Fire and Emergency Services and the Parks, Recreation & Culture departments, is positioning the hottest fire prevention topic in the coolest location with an under-ice logo and will certainly drum up some conversation at the local rink.
So far this year, Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services has responded to 423 emergencies, including 28 structure fires where smoke alarms were either present and functioning or were required, but were simply not there.
“These incidents have, in some cases, resulted in occupants reporting smoke inhalation, but luckily have not caused major injury or deaths to our residents or visitors,” noted Chief Edgar. “Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the rest of Ontario.”
According to the Chief, there have been 70 fatalities in Ontario as a result of 61 fatal fires to date. This number is up 19% over last year, in what the Chief considers a “staggering and very scary” increase.
“If this logo makes even the one person think about their alarms at home, whereby they leave the arena event and test their smoke alarms, purchase one for a loved one, or remind a friend to install one, we have made an impact.”
Fire Chief Edgar is honoured to be singing the national anthem and dropping the first puck of the season on the new logo at the Jack Burger Sports Complex, at the Panthers home opener this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.
The community is invited to attend this exciting night to witness two great firsts; the first Junior C game of the season on home ice, and the first puck drop on the test button of the Municipality’s largest smoke alarm, in memory of those who have died as a result of not having a working smoke/CO alarm.
For more information about fire prevention and safety, visit porthopefire.ca
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For more information, please contact:
Kate Ingram, Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator