RELEASE — It’s Fire Prevention Week, and Kingston Fire & Rescue is asking all residents to observe this occasion by taking three fundamental actions to be fire-safe: look, listen and learn.
Look for potential fire hazards around your home. Take action to prevent fire from starting:
- Always stay in the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove.
- Encourage smokers to smoke outside. Always extinguish cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over.
- Check electrical cords for damage such as fraying or nicks. A damaged cord can expose wires and result in a potential shock or fire hazard.
“Everyone has a responsibility to protect their family and home from fire. Prevention is always the best course of action. Identify potential fire hazards in your home and take action to make sure a fire doesn’t start,” says Ted Posadowski, chief fire prevention officer with Kingston Fire & Rescue.
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Listen for the smoke alarms in an emergency. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarms and can hear them in an emergency. Early detection of fire provided by smoke alarms gives you the extra seconds you need to get out safely.
“Only working smoke alarms give you the early notification of fire and the time you and your family need to safely escape. Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early warning is crucial to survival,” says Posadowski.
Learn two ways out of every room. Practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home before a fire starts so you and your family can get out quickly.
“Fire and smoke move faster than you. There’s no time to figure out how to escape your home after a fire starts. Practice a home fire escape plan before there’s a fire so you can get out safely,” adds Posadowski.
Kingston Fire & Rescue will be visiting schools and retirement communities during Fire Prevention Week to educate children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly about these key messages.
It will also host a Pancake Breakfast at Station #3, 211 Gore Rd. on Oct. 14 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Come meet a firefighter, tour a fire truck and fire station, and learn more about fire prevention.