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Learn how to stay safe, prepare for emergencies

Markham Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) will host four public education open houses that will offer residents the knowledge and tools they need to stay safe and prepared “when it matters most.”

“The Summer Safety Series gives MFES a chance to reconnect with the grassroots of our community by offering residents of Markham an exciting and engaging environment to learn about fire prevention and emergency preparedness,” Fire Chief Chris Nearing says. “These open houses will further foster community engagement through practical education, making a real difference when it matters most.”

Highlights of each open house include fire prevention demonstrations featuring kitchen safety tips, smoke alarm installation and maintenance, and home escape planning. Emergency preparedness booths will feature a prize wheel with emergency preparedness questions and giveaways, as well as guidance on creating family emergency communication plans, information on pet preparedness kits and car emergency kit essentials.

Children’s activities include a firefighter dress-up station, fire hose target practice, and colouring and activity sheets with fire safety themes. Attendees can also engage with firefighters and emergency management personnel in question-and-answer sessions and have a chance to win essential emergency preparedness items. Enjoy a complimentary barbecue with hot dogs and beverages while supplies last.

“Our goal is to equip residents with the knowledge and tools they need to stay safe and prepared,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “These fun-filled and informative open houses offer a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together, learn from our dedicated professionals and enjoy some family-friendly activities.”

The open houses will be held Saturday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station 96 (5567 14th Ave.); Wednesday, July 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fire Station 93 (2930 Major MacKenzie Dr. E.); Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station 99 (3255 Bur Oak Ave.); and Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fire Station 91 (7801 Bayview Ave. in Thornhill). Learn more at www.markham.ca/SummerofSafety.

Photo of Markham Fire and Emergency Services open house courtesy of the City of Markham. 

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