Kitchen safety, alarms key to fire prevention

Forty per cent of residential fires in Fort St. John over the past five years did not have working smoke alarms.

It’s an alarming statistic as firefighters mark Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4 to 10, put on by the Office of the Fire Commissioner and this year focused on kitchen safety.

Fire Prevention Officer Capt. Marco D’Agostino says the theme is highly relevant, with residents staying home due to the ongoing pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has kept many of us at home more often this year, so this year’s Fire Prevention Week of Serving Up Safety in the Kitchen is extremely relevant,” said D’Agostino, noting that smoke alarms are crucial for fire prevention.

The fire department has issued the following kitchen safety tips:

The department is celebrating Fire Prevention Week a little differently this year, serving up safety tips by producing their own video on kitchen safety. D’Agostino says the department has pushed their campaign to the digital sphere.

“This year is a little different with COVID, we didn’t do a kickoff, and we’re not going to the schools to do our talks. We still have publications and printed materials going out, but we did produce our own video,” he said. “It’s a way to get the message out there.”

The video can be found on the city’s website and YouTube page.

Email reporter Tom Summer at [email protected]

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