The OAFC has partnered with Lowes and First Alert Canada to host fire prevention public education events across Ontario
The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) is pleased to announce our partnership with Lowes and First Alert Canada to promote fire prevention best practices in communities throughout Ontario. Fire deaths are not decreasing.  As a leader in innovation and excellence in public and life safety, we must continue in new, innovative ways to increase public interest in fire prevention.
 
By hosting public education events in Lowes stores across the province, our goal is to show people how simple, yet important, fire prevention can be. With the help of Lowes – one of the world's largest home improvement retailers, and First Alert Canada – Canada’s most trusted brand in home safety, we are confident that this goal can be achieved, ultimately helping to influence a safer Ontario.

 

About the Lowes events

 Fire departments are invited to host fire prevention information sessions at Lowes stores in their communities. This is a great public education and engagement opportunity!
 
In alignment with our Fire Prevention Week theme, “working smoke alarms save lives,” the family-friendly events could include: firefighters leading an information session on smoke alarms, including 10-year sealed battery alarms; photo ops with kids; fire escape planning exercises; and more. You are welcome to get creative to make the events as meaningful and memorable as possible.
 
Lowes and First Alert Canada have purchased Will Fightfire and Friends public education/fire prevention kits. If you host an event, you will receive supplies from these kits to distribute at the event. The giveaways will include Will Fightfire and Friends activity books, stickers and red fire helmets for children and teens, as well as adult/senior activity books that feature crosswords, Sudoku puzzles and word searches.
 

How to get involved

If there is a Lowes store in the community your fire department serves, you are eligible to host one of these public education events. We anticipate the events to take place this fall, building on the momentum of Fire Prevention Week (October 8 to 14, 2017) and Fire Prevention Month.

Departments who host an event receive:
 
  • Youth Will Fightfire and Friends giveaways, such as activity books, crayons, red fire helmets, stickers
  • Adult/senior fire prevention activity books, brochures
  • Banner with grommets (3’ X 10’) – “Working smoke alarms save lives”
  • Comprehensive press kit for distribution to local media to ensure media coverage of events, including media advisory, news release, backgrounder(s), key messages
  • OAFC support to help market your event
Fire departments without a Lowes in their community may wish to seek out other local businesses to sponsor fire prevention public education materials, and to possibly host similar events.
 

For more information

For more information on how to host an event at a Lowes location in your community,  to learn more about the Lowes education events, or support in setting up other local sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michelle O’Hara by email at michelle.ohara@oafc.on.ca or call 905-426-9865 x222.
 
For more information about the OAFC Will Fightfire and Friends product line, visit our website at
www.oafc.on.ca/oafc-will-fightfire-and-friends-information.

 
We look forward to optimizing this partnership opportunity by helping fire departments across the province to host engaging and educational fire prevention information sessions in their local communities.