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City of Saint John observes Fire Prevention Week


 From visiting schools to talk about fire safety to teaching hospital staff to use a fire extinguisher, the Saint John Fire Department will be out in force October 3 to 9 promote fire prevention and safety.
This year, our Fire Prevention team will be focusing on teaching citizens to Consider the Risks… Watch What you Heat. In the province of New Brunswick, preventable fires are still be caused by people thawing frozen pipes with blowtorches, by cooks using inappropriate equipment to heat frying oil, and by dirty chimneys, overdue for inspection.
“By keeping these things in mind, we can prevent fires before they start,” said District Chief Gerald Green. “Using the proper equipment keeps your family and your home safe.”
To thaw frozen pipes, use hot water or a hair dryer, not a blow torch. Use only CSA or UCL approved deep fryers in the kitchen. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year before the winter season. These small measures, along with properly installed and working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, could save your home and your family.
As well, Saint John fire fighters will be promoting the use of fire extinguishers,  smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at the Canadian Tire on the East side between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, October 2. The fire fighters will have information pamphlets available about how and where to install the different types of alarms. Firefighters will also be around the City on Thursday – at McAllister Mall, the City Market and Home Depot – with displays about preventing fires.
For more information, and to print colouring pages about fire safety for children, visit saintjohn.ca/firepreventionweek.