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PFD marks fire prevention week

October 07, 2013 - 11:17 AM

PENTICTON - The Penticton Fire Department encourages all residents to expand their home escape plans for Fire Prevention Week, set for Oct. 6 to 12.

The theme for the 2013 Fire Prevention Week is “Prevent kitchen fires,” to spread the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home.

“Cooking brings family and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity and can be relaxing, but it can also be dangerous. Cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries,” said Fire Chief Wayne Williams

“Being alert and staying present in the kitchen while cooking on the stovetop or in the oven is a big first step in fire prevention in the kitchen. Simple things like keeping stovetops, ovens and burners clean can be the step that saves lives and homes.”

Fire Prevention Week is recognized every October. Despite the fact that fewer fire losses are reported in Canada, on average, eight Canadians die from fire every week. Most of these fires are preventable and caused by careless behaviour, which is why fire departments across the nation spend the week promoting public awareness of fire safety and prevention.

The Penticton Fire Department and students from Penticton High School Drama Department have scheduled the Fire Safety Education Roadshow to present “The Case of Fire Safety,” a series of elementary school performances during Fire Prevention Week. School children who work on their home escape plan will be entered to win Fire Chief for a Day and a pizza party for their classroom.

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