Fire Safety PSA’s
- Your smoke alarm has the power to save your life. Or does it? If you haven't tested your smoke alarm lately, it may not be working. And that's a risk you can't afford to take. Working smoke alarms give us early warning of a fire, providing extra time to escape safely. But they can't do their job if we haven't done ours - monthly testing to make sure they're working. Test all the smoke alarms in your home. For the life of the alarm and for the lives of your loved ones.
- When was the last time you tested your smoke alarms? Last month? Last year? Can't remember? If you're not sure your smoke alarms are working, then how can you be sure you'll be protected if a fire breaks out? Don't gamble with your life and assume your smoke alarms are working. Test each one, every month, so you'll know they'll be ready to protect you and your family if there's a fire.
- Can you afford to spend a few minutes each month to test the smoke alarms in your home? Can you afford not to? Going without the protection of a working smoke alarm is a risk too dangerous to take. In a fire, you'll need every second to get out safely, and the early warning from a smoke alarm can make the difference between surviving a fire and dying in one. Test your smoke alarms today. You can't afford not to.
- Smoke alarms save lives! Make sure you have working smoke alarms. Remember, they wear out, so replace them every 10 years. It’s the law to have a working smoke alarm on every storey of your home and near all sleeping areas.
- How much time do you have to get out of a fire? Not as much as you think. Real fires are hot, smoky and dark. You may have only a few minutes to safely escape from fire. If you're ever in a fire, don't spend time getting dressed or trying to gather valuables. Just get out, stay out and call 911.
- If you have a fire tonight, will you get out safely? You'll have a better chance if you've planned ahead. Develop a fire escape plan and practice it with the whole family. Everyone should know two ways out of each room and know where to meet outside. Make sure everyone understands that getting out is the first priority. And remember, once you're outside, stay out.
- What would you do if your home caught on fire? Would you know where to go if smoke or flames blocked your escape? There is no time to think about these questions in a real fire. Develop an escape plan with two ways out of every room and a meeting place outside. Make sure every exit is accessible, including windows. Getting out is your first priority in a fire. And once you are out, don’t go back in for anything.
- If you have any appliance that burns a fuel or if you have an attached garage, make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms. Remember, they wear out, so replace them every 7 to10 years depending on the manufacturer’s warranty. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odourless gas that can quickly kill you. The law calls for carbon monoxide alarms to be installed near all sleeping areas.
The London Amateur Radio Club (VE3LS) has received permission from Industry Canada to use the call sign VE3FIRE from October 9 to 15 during Fire Prevention Week.
The Club has contacted the London Fire Service which will supply Public Service Announcements which the operators will transmit periodically to promote fire safety during that week.
Contacts will be made on as many bands as possible when the bands are open and will take place mostly in the US General portion of the bands.
There will be some PSK31 operations as well.
Contacts will also be made on VHF and UHF using local repeaters. Repeater frequencies are available on larc.ca
We have partnered with the Siemens USA Fire Safety Amateur Radio Club for this event. If you work all special events stations you can apply for a certificate. VE3FIRE is considered one of the wildcard stations.
For more details please see http://hamfire.com
QSL cards will be available for contacts when requested with an SASE, or an SAE and sufficient postage
Please see the VE3LS QRZ.com page for QSL information.
A schedule of on-air times will be published as they become available.