Fire Prevention Week

The 2013 Fire Prevention Week Campaign is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”  This year’s theme “Prevent Kitchen Fires” focuses on providing families and communities with the knowledge necessary to identify potential fire and burn risks in the kitchen and be prepared if a fire or other emergency should occur.

That’s why West Kelowna Fire Rescue is teaming up with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013, to urge residents to “Prevent Kitchen Fires."

More home fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home.

West Kelowna Fire Rescue recommends the following tips to stop kitchen fires before they start:
  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food
  • When simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, stay in the home, check food regularly, and use a timer to remind you the stove / oven is on
  • If you must leave –even for a short time– turn off the stove / oven
  • Keep anything that can burn a safe distance away from the stove
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and the stovetop
  • Wear short, tight-fighting, or tightly-rolled sleeves. If clothes catch on fire, stop, drop, and roll over and over or back and forth to put the fire out
Be ready to react fast to a cooking fire!
  • When in doubt, just get out
  • If you try to fight the fire with a fire extinguisher, be sure others are leaving the home, someone is calling the fire department, and you have a clear exit path
  • If a small grease fire starts, slide a lid over the pan, turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool
  • For an oven or microwave fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed
Home Escape Planning
  • Make sure your home has working smoke alarms and everyone know the sound it makes
  • Sit down with everyone in your home and plan a fire escape drill so you'll be prepared to get out quickly in the event of a fire
  • When the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside
  • Plan two ways out of every room and pick an outside meeting place
  • Practice your fire escape drill at least twice a year
Smoke Alarms
  • Almost 2/3 of reported home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home
  • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires
  • For the best protection, install both types or a combination alarm
  • Test alarms monthly
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year
    • If the alarm "chirps," replace the battery right away
  • Replace all alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they do not respond
Fire hazards are all around us, but by following simple safety strategies it's easy to protect your family from fire during Fire Prevention Week and all year long.

History of Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the devastating Chicago Fire which occurred October 9th, 1871. This tragic fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,500 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

On the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association decided that the anniversary should be observed in a way that educates the public of the importance of fire prevention. The first Canadian proclamation for Fire Prevention Week was issued in 1919 and with the support and efforts of fire safety advocates across North America, Fire Prevention Week continues to be a success each and every year.