OFM & Barrie Fire team up to protect families from fire

Fire Prevention Week kick-off in Barrie

TORONTO, Oct. 11, 2011 /CNW/ -

NEWS

It's Fire Prevention Week and the theme is Protect Your Family from Fire. To kick-off the week, the Fire Marshal of Ontario attended an event today hosted by Barrie Fire & Emergency Service.  It was designed to urge local families to take more responsibility and protect themselves from fire.

Important steps to protect your family from fire include:

  • Install working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas.  It's the law!
  • Stay in the kitchen while cooking, particularly when using oil or high temperatures.
  • Keep a proper fitting lid near the stove when cooking. If a pot catches fire, slide the lid over the pot and turn off the stove.

QUOTES

"Too many people have died in fires that could have been prevented in this province.  It's time for people to start taking responsibility for fire safety in their homes.  It's the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas."
- Ted Wieclawek, Fire Marshal of Ontario

"We've had some significant injuries and property loss due to unattended cooking.  It's important that everyone stay in the kitchen and pay attention when cooking."
- John Lynn, Chief, Barrie Fire & Emergency Service

LEARN MORE

Barrie Fire & Emergency Service has arranged a number of events throughout the week including:

  • Domino's Pizza Partnership - Fire safety messages will be posted on top of pizza boxes throughout October.  In addition, the fire department will be delivering pizzas to select addresses.  If the smoke alarms in the home are working, the family receives the pizza free.
  • 8th Annual Home Escape Night - On October 12, there will be a street-wide home escape drill at Brucker Road.  Two rescue crews will be on hand to provide truck tours and demonstrations.
  • Canadian Fire Safety Day - On October 15th, the fire department will be at both Canadian Tire locations (320 Bayfield St. and 75 Mapleview Drive West) and raising awareness about fire safety.
  • Fire Station Open Houses - On October 16th, fire stations in Barrie will open their doors from 9:00 am to noon to talk to families about how to protect themselves from fire.

Visit www.ofm.gov.on.ca for additional information on fire safety and prevention.

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For further information:

Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3138
Bev Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3178