FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department will be kicking off Fire Prevention Week this year with a fun-filled barbeque and information session.Fire Prevention Week has been held every year by local fire departments across North America to help citizens learn how to prevent fires at the homes and workplaces. The event’s origins come from the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that burned over ¼ of that city to the ground. This year’s theme is “Don’t wait, check the date.” Fire Inspector Alan Stobbe says that while many businesses have mandatory annual fire inspections, homes often don’t, and homeowners need to educate themselves on which pieces of their protection equipment comes with expiry dates. He says that household smoke and carbon monoxide dectectors usually aren’t guaranteed to work after ten years, and older units should be replaced. In addition, detectors and extinguishers should be checked annually to ensure that they are working properly.The Fire Department will be holding the annual event at the Home Hardware parking lot this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Stobbe says that the event will feature a bouncy castle, barbeque, and a Fire Prevention House exhibit, which will feature hands-on prevention elarning for kids including teaching them how to safely evacuate a smoke-filled building.- Advertisement -The Fire Department will also be raising money for local charities. For more information, check out the Fort St. John Home Hardware Facebook page.