Fire Prevention Week in Clarington and across Canada

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Published October 10, 2023 at 3:48 pm

Fire Prevention Week

Clarington Fire prevention officers will be visiting grocery stories in the community this week to spread the message of fire safety during Fire Prevention Week, which runs until Saturday.

Fire prevention teams were at Newcastle Foodland and Newcastle No Frills Tuesday and will be setting up presentations at the Bowmanville FreshCo (9 to 11 a.m.) and Bowmanville Walmart (1 to 3 p.m.) Wednesday and the Bowmanville Metro (9 to 11 a.m.) and Bowmanville Loblaws (1 to 3 p.m.) Thursday.

The show moves to Courtice Friday with tables set up at the Courtice FreshCo (9 to 11 a.m.) and Courtice Food Basics (1 to 3 p.m.).

“Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires in Clarington, and they are also the most preventable,” said Clarington’s Chief Fire Prevention Officer, Matt Muirhead. “Fire Prevention Week is a great time to remind families that cooking safety starts with you. The best way to reduce your risk of a fire is by paying attention to fire prevention.”

Muirhead and his team will be reminding families of a few simple but important actions they can take to stay safe and prevent household cooking fires:

  • Always keep a close eye on what you’re cooking. Use a timer for foods with longer cook times.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove and keep a lid nearby when cooking.
  • If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.
  • Create a kid-free and pet-free zone of at least one meter around cooking areas to help prevent accidents.

The theme this year for the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week is Cooking Safety Starts with YOU! Pay Attention to Fire Prevention, which aims to educate people on staying safe when cooking.

Learn more fire safety tips by visiting www.clarington.net/FireSafety.

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