October 7-13 is Fire Prevention Week in the Town of Kindersley

Now is the perfect time to brush up on your fire safety skills and ensure your home is outfitted with fire safety.

Fire safety is incredibly important as statistics show that on average fire kills eight people each week in Canada, residential fires accounting for 73% of those fatalities. According to Fire Prevention Canada we should keep fire safety proactive not reactive.

This week the Town of Kindersley will be sharing fire safety tips on their Facebook Page with quizzes and opportunities to win Kindersley swag.

Also Kindersley Fire will be hosting an open house on Saturday October 13th, with fun for the whole family. Featuring fire truck rides, fire hall tours, a BBQ , bouncy castles and of course fire safety information it will be the perfect way to share fire safety with your family. The Open House will be held at the Kindersley Fire Hall from 12:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m. See you there!

To help with bushing up on your fire safety knowledge here are some fire prevention tips to get you started:

1. Install smoke alarms outside each bedroom and sleeping area, and on each level of your home, including the basement. Make sure to follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions.

2. Test smoke alarms monthly to make sure that they are working properly, replace any smoke alarms that are more than ten years old.

3. Have your fire extinguisher serviced and inspected regularly, and recharge it after use.

4. Regularly check and clean appliances with filters and screens such as dishwashers and clothes dryers. In the case of clothes dryers, leftover lint in the screen and piping can ignite in high temperatures, causing fires.

5.   Do not place heat producing electrical products too close to flammable material.

6. Do not bring electronic devices to bed, such as laptops and smartphones. They contain lithium batteries which can explode and cause fires when they fail.

7. Do not leave cooking appliances unattended.

8. Keep lighters and matches out of the sight and reach of children at all times. Teach children the dangers of lighters and matches.

9. Extinguish all candles before going to bed or leaving the room. Never leave burning candles unattended.

10. Check with local fire department before using paper lanterns!

For more information on Fire Safety be sure to visit Health Canada

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