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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

How You Can Stop Your House From Burning

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

Owen Sound Firefighters say you can learn from Fire Prevention Week.

It's Fire Prevention Week and Owen Sound Firefighters are urging everyone "Look, Listen and Learn" about fire safety.

The awareness week runs from October 7-13 and focuses on three fundamental actions people can take to be fire-safe:

Fire Prevention Officer Greg Nicol says you should LOOK for potential fire hazards around your home. Take action to prevent fire by staying in the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove.

Nicol says you should encourage smokers to smoke outside and always extinguish cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over.

He says to check electrical cords for damage like fraying or nicks which can expose wires and result in a potential shock or fire hazard.

Nicol says to LISTEN for the smoke alarms in an emergency. Early detection of fire provided by smoke alarms gives you the extra seconds you need to get out safely.

He adds you should LEARN two ways out of every room and practice an escape plan with everyone in your home.

Fire chief Doug Barfoot says many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early warning is crucial to survival.

Owen Sound Firefighters are hosting Coffee with a Firefighter at McDonald’s at the Walmart located at 1555 18th Ave East on Friday, October 12th from 10am to 12pm.

The event will include a fire truck on location with fire prevention staff and Deputy Fire Chief to answer your questions on fire safety.

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