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Ottawa’s municipal officials gathered Monday to announce the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week. This year, Ottawa Fire Services are asking residents to Prevent Kitchen Fires and Get Cooking with Fire Safety.
"Statistics show nearly 40 percent of house fires start in the kitchen, and a large number of those result in serious damage and often injuries and fatalities," said Ottawa Fire Chief John deHooge.
He then listed and demonstrated some fire safety tips for the kitchen, including: * When you’re cooking, never leave the kitchen and pay attention to what you have in the oven or on the stove. Even if you are only cooking on the stovetop, keep an oven mitt and pot lid nearby to smother the flame. * Never wear loose fitting clothing while cooking.
Loose clothing is more likely to catch fire. * Never move a burning pan. You risk the chance
of your clothing catching on fire. * Never place a burning pan in the sink filled with water. Water can increase the size of the flames and possibly spread the fire.
"Cooking is the number one cause of household fires in Ontario," said Mayor Jim Watson. "Adding an ounce of prevention in the kitchen makes the perfect recipe for home fire safety."
There are activities taking place citywide to promote fire safety to Ottawa residents of all ages,
* throughout the week and outreach activities will continue throughout the month of October. "There is so much to do, that one week isn’t enough to get it all done," said Councillor Mark Taylor, chair of Community and Protective Services Committee.
Fire prevention officers will set up display tables at Carlingwood and St. Laurent Shopping Centres, and read stories in all branches of the Ottawa Public Library this week.
Ottawa Fire Services also launched a new Learning Centre, a customized trailer that will be used for fire prevention training at schools and seniors’ residences.
For a complete list of Fire Prevention Week activities, please go to ottawa.ca.
Nearly 40 per cent of house fires start in the kitchen, says Ottawa Fire Services.