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Fire Prevention Week 2013

Shuniah Fire and Emergency Services Reminds Shuniah Residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires’

It’s time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 Shuniah Fire and Emergency Services is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.’ During this year’s fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires–most of which result from unattended cooking—and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.

According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.

Often when we’re called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes. Sadly, that’s all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they’ve suffered a damaging lesson.

Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
  • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
  • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
  • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
  • Keep pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stove top.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stove tops.

Fire Prevention Week was proclaimed in Canada in 1919 to commemorate the Chicago blaze, as well as a major fire that destroyed the Centre Block of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa on February 3, 1916.  Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country and is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

More info can be found at fpw.org as well as on Facebook and Twitter during Fire Prevention Week.


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