In advance of next month’s Fire Prevention Week, the Guelph Fire Department is hosting its annual Fire Prevention Day on Saturday, September 28.
The event, open to the public, runs from 8 to 11 a.m. at department headquarters located at 50 Wyndham St., South.
Through educational, family-oriented activities, residents can learn more about the importance of preventing kitchen fires as well as fire prevention in the home. Residents are also invited to check out the antique fire truck, meet and speak to firefighters, as well as Sparky the fire dog, or take a tour of the fire hall and Guelph’s fire safety trailer. A pancake breakfast, in support of the City’s $55,000 United Way fundraising campaign, starts at 8 a.m.
Fire Prevention Week 2013
During Fire Prevention Week, October 6 to 12, the Guelph Fire Department is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to urge residents to prevent kitchen fires by never leaving cooking unattended. This year’s theme is ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires’ and focuses on the dangers of kitchen fires and how to prevent them from starting in the first place.
According to the NFPA, two out of 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 are called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us they only left the kitchen for a few minutes. Sadly, that’s all it takes for a fire to start,” says Matt Valeriote, fire prevention officer with the Guelph Fire Department.
To prevent kitchen fires, Guelph Fire recommends the following tips:
• Stay in the kitchen and pay attention when cooking
• If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove
• If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible
• Wear tight fitting or rolled up sleeves when using the stove
• Keep a proper fitting lid near the stove. If a pot catches fire, slide the lid over the pot and turn off the stove
• Never attempt to move a burning pot
• Clean up food and grease from burners and stove tops
• Drink responsibly when cooking
Visit guelph.ca/fire for more fire safety information or to learn more about ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires’ visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website at firepreventionweek.org.