Many of those occur in the early morning hours, around 1:30 a.m., when cooking is left unattended due to tiredness or intoxication. Some of the recommendations from the National Fire Protection Association include not using the stove or stovetop if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, staying in the kitchen while cooking, and using a timer while simmering, baking, roasting or boiling.
Firefighters will be visiting schools around the Energetic City throughout the week, speaking to grade three students about cooking safety as well as making sure their family has a home escape plan.
“Kids are getting to the age now where they’re helping mom and dad, so we want to educate them on how to extinguish a fire if one happens and just general safety precautions,” says Caughill. “Having an extinguisher close by, having a lid to put over the frying pan if something happens, and then burn maintenance and prevention.”
It’s recommended to keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires, and to turn off the heat and keep the door closed in the case of an over fire.
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 Fort St. John Fire Department will be at Home Hardware on October 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to teach the public about fire prevention. There will be displays, a barbecue, the burn house, and the inflatable slide.
The Charlie Lake Fire Department is also hosting an open house on Octover 12th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.