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City of Brampton recognizes Fire Prevention Week October 4 to 10



BRAMPTON, ON (October 2, 2020) – From October 4 to 10, the City of Brampton is observing Fire Prevention Week and educating residents on staying safe while cooking. This year’s theme is “Always stay in the kitchen while cooking”.

Kitchen fires are the leading cause of house fires in Brampton. To stay safe while cooking, residents can follow these simple steps:
• Always stay in the kitchen while cooking
• Eliminate all distractions while cooking, including your cell phone or television
• If you need to leave the kitchen while cooking, turn the stove off and remove the pot or pan from the burner
• Never cook when sleepy or under the influence of alcohol or cannabis
• Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop (e.g. oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, curtains)
• Wear short or tight sleeves when cooking

Fire Prevention Week Online Events

Due to COVID-19, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services’ Fire Prevention Week programming will be virtual this year. Follow Brampton Fire and Emergency Services on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube for daily tips, recipes, and more!

On Monday, October 5 at 6 pm, join Fire Chief Bill Boyes and Chef Jason Rosso from J. Red & Co. Food + Drink on the City of Brampton’s Facebook page for a Facebook Live cooking segment which will feature a delicious recipe along with some fire safety tips and an opportunity to ask questions!

A cooking segment will also be available online with Chef Wayne Reid of Reggae Kitchen – learn how to make a simple Jerk Chicken Stir Fry while staying safe in the kitchen.

Fire Prevention Week contributes to Brampton being a Healthy and Safe City.

Quotes

“Fire Prevention Week serves as a valuable reminder to make fire prevention a priority. Being safe while cooking is critical, now more than ever, while many of us are staying safe at home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. I encourage all residents to learn about how to stay safe while cooking.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“We each have a role to play in fire safety. I encourage residents to be proactive. Learn about fire safety in the kitchen and keep your homes and loved ones safe from fire. If we all do our part, lives will be saved.”
- Rowena Santos, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5; Chair, Community Services, City of Brampton

“Our team works every day, doing all we can to keep our city and our residents healthy and safe. I encourage all residents to educate themselves about how they can contribute to ensuring a safe home for their loved ones. Working together, we can make a difference in fire prevention.”
- Charmaine Williams, City Councillor, Wards 7 & 8; Vice-Chair, Community Services, City of Brampton

“Kitchen fires are the number one cause of home fires in Brampton, and they are usually easily prevented. Our Brampton Fire and Emergency Services team is always ready to respond; however, residents are also an important part of our fire prevention team and they have the greatest opportunity to prevent fires in their homes. Find out what you should know to protect your home and your family.”
- Chief Bill Boyes, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services
 
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MEDIA CONTACT
Natalie Stogdill
Media Relations, City of Brampton
905.874.3654 | natalie.stogdill@brampton.ca