Kingston Fire & Rescue is looking to have its mascot, Sparky, visit a local restaurant’s kitchen to talk fire safety in advance of Fire Prevention Week.
The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, which takes place between October 4 and 10, is ‘serve up fire safety in the kitchen’ in light of the fact cooking is the number one cause of home fires while also being largely preventable.
Kingston Fire & Rescue’s Chief Fire Prevention Officer, Ted Posadowski, said his department is seeking the help of locals who own or manage an eatery in Kingston and are interested in joining Sparky on this initiative, which is a collaboration with neighbouring fire departments in the KFL&A region.
The successful applicants in the area will be randomly selected from submissions and Sparky will visit 10 restaurants in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington region to record a short video during the week of September 28 to October 2.
Each restaurant’s location will be kept secret, and residents will be invited to guess where each video is filmed and name the fire safety tip for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate to their choice of the 10 participating locations.
“We recognize this is a stressful time for many people in our community,” said Posadowski. “We hope this contest will provide a fun and important reminder that fire safety needs to remain top of mind at all times.”
Kingston restaurant managers and owners interested in participating can email Delbert Blakney at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Monday, September. 28.