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Tillsonburg celebrates Fire Prevention Week

Posted on Wednesday October 07, 2020

October 7, 2020

 

For Immediate Release

 

Tillsonburg celebrates Fire Prevention Week

The Town of Tillsonburg is celebrating Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10) by urging everyone in the community to do their part to prevent kitchen fires in their home.

“The theme this year is ‘Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!’” explains Tillsonburg Fire Chief Brad Lemaich. “Cooking fires continue to be the leading cause of home fires in Ontario so we want to do our part to change that statistic.”

Simple steps to serve up fire safety in the kitchen include:

  • Always stay in the kitchen when cooking and turn off the stove if you must leave the kitchen.
  • Keep a proper fitting lid near the stove. If a pot of oil catches fire, slide the lid over the pot and turn off the stove. Do not move the pot. Never throw water on a burning pot.
  • Keep anything that burns - plastic utensils, dishcloths, paper towels - a safe distance from the stove.
  • Cook responsibly. To prevent cooking fires, you must be alert. You will not be alert if you have consumed alcohol or drugs.
  • Wear tight-fitting or rolled up sleeves when using the stove. Loose, dangling clothing can easily catch fire.
  • Keep young kids one metre away from the stove. Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge so they can’t be easily knocked off.
  • If you burn yourself while cooking, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes. If the burn is severe, seek medical attention.

"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us they only left the kitchen for a few minutes,” says Lemaich. “But often that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start.”

“Staying in the kitchen while cooking, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes,” adds Fire Prevention Inspector Jadie Scaman.

The Town of Tillsonburg is proud to recognize Fire Prevention week in Ontario, and reminds residents that fire safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Members of Tillsonburg Fire and Rescue Services will be blitzing the town with education messaging in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, including visiting local businesses on October 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

“The men and women of Tillsonburg Fire and Rescue Services are such an important part of our community,” says Mayor Stephen Molnar. “I want to thank them for their efforts not only this week, but throughout the year as they respond to emergencies and help keep residents safe.”

 

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Tillsonburg, please contact Tillsonburg Fire and Rescue Services  at 519-688-3009 ext. 4910.  For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit www.fpw.org.

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