In addition to reminding residents to check their fire alarms and have a fire escape plan, this year’s focus is on preventing kitchen fires.
“Kids are starting to cook in the kitchen more and more, so just basic kitchen safety and burn awareness,” says Fire Prevention Officer Simon Caughill. “Don’t leave [cooking] unattended, especially if you’re doing any broiling or stovetop cooking, and have a working extinguisher close by in close you need it.”
It’s also recommended not to use the stove or stovetop when intoxicated or tired, and to keep anything flammable away from the stovetop.
Caughill believes the turnout this year was double last year’s, likely thanks to the good weather. Children also enjoyed the inflatable slide, and making their way through the burn house.
The event marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week, during which firefighters will be visiting local school to teach grade three students about cooking safety and having a home escape plan. A poster contest will be held for the students, of which the winner will get to be Fire Chief for the Day. The Fire Chief for the Day will get a set of children’s firefighting gear, and will be taken to school in the ladder truck. At lunch they and their friends will be picked up and taken to the Fire Hall to have lunch with the mayor, the Fire Chief and the crew. After school they’ll get a tour around the city.
The fire department also partnered with Family Friendly Community to kick off Fort St. John Loves Families week, and they were on hand to share its schedule and take fun family photos.