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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 ot­

(Photo : Ar­chives)

Nearly 40 per cent of house fires start in the kitchen, says Ot­tawa Fire Ser­vices.

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