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Fire prevention week begins Sunday
West Kelowna Fire Rescue will kickoff 2013 Fire Prevention Week this Sunday with its annual Kids at the Firehall event.
The event, which takes place at West Kelowna Fire Station 31 (3651 Old Okanagan Highway), runs from noon to 4 p.m. and is open to the whole family.
Kids can take part in activities, meet Sparky the fire dog and enjoy refreshments.
The 2013 Fire Prevention Week Campaign is "Prevent Kitchen Fires." This year the focus is on providing families and communities with the knowledge to identify potential fire and burn risks in the kitchen and be prepared if a fire or other emergency should occur.
The message is especially important as more house fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home.
West Kelowna Fire Rescue recommends the following tips to stop kitchen fires before they start:
- Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food
- When simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, stay in the home
- If you must leave—even for a short time—turn off the stove and oven
- Keep anything that can burn a safe distance away from the stove
- Clean up food and grease from burners and the stovetop
- Wear short, tight-fitting or tightly-rolled sleeves. If clothes catch on fire, stop, drop and roll over and over or back and forth to put the fire out.
Be ready to react fast to a cooking fire with these tips:
- When in doubt, just get out
- If you try to fight the fire with a fire extinguisher, be sure others are leaving the home, someone is calling the fire department and you have a clear exit path
- If a small grease fire starts, slide a lid over the pan, turn off the burner and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool
- For an oven or microwave fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.