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Fire Prevention Week October 6-12th

posted Oct 4, 2013, 7:33 PM by Darren White   [ updated Oct 4, 2013, 7:41 PM ]
2013 Fire Prevention Week is all about preventing kitchen fires.  One third of all fires start in the kitchen.  In fact, more fires start in the kitchen than in any other room of the house.  Some of the safety tips that the Long Reach Fire Department will be spreading include:
Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food. 
If you must leave the kitchen, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay home and use a timer to remind yourself.
If you have young children, use the stove's back burners whenever possible.
Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove
When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, towels or anything else that can burn away from your stovetop.
Clean up food and grease from the burners, stovetops and the oven.
Don't store combustibles in drawer below the oven.
Help us spread the word and keep your friends and family safe.
 
The Office of the Fire Marshal has distributed this year's edition of the Fire Safety Gazette to all students in kindergarten to Grade 5. The gazette contains games, puzzles and fire safety information for children and their families.
 
Provincial Fire Marshal Norman Thibodeau said fire prevention is important to remember all year long.
 
“There are thousands of firefighters across our province who devote numerous hours of training, hard work and dedication in order to promote safety and protect their communities from the hazards of fire,” Thibodeau said.
 
As part of the promotion, students may fill in a form from the Fire Safety Gazette to win the chance to be named Fire Chief for a Day. Three names from each of the nine regional firefighters' associations will be drawn on Nov. 15, and each will be presented with a prize package of fire safety materials. One of those 27 names will then be drawn to be Fire Chief for a Day.