Fire Prevention Week runs from October 4 to 10, 2020. Usually Middlesex Centre Fire Services staff would be visiting schools to share important messages about fire safety. This year, in response to COVID-19, we've had to change up our routine, offering online resources for students learning in many different ways.
- Serve Up Fire Safety in the KitchenTM - Check out activities and resources for cooking fire safety.
- Chalk One Up for Fire Safety - Share fire safety messages with your neighbours.
- Virtual Tours - Take a tour of a Middlesex Centre fire truck and fire station.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” works to educate everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen.
Did you know?
Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen.
Tips to Stay safe in the kitchen!
- Cooking and Alcohol Don't Mix!
You must be alert to prevent cooking fires. You will not be alert if you have consumed alcohol or drugs. Cook responsibly!
- Clear the Clutter!
Keep anything that burns— plastic utensils, dishcloths, paper towels—a safe distance from the stove.
- Stand By Your Pan!
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Always stay in the kitchen when you cook.
- Never Throw Water on a Grease Fire!
If a pot of oil catches fire, put a lid on it. Slide a lid over the pot and turn off the stove. Do not move the pot.
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms!
Install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every storey of your home and outside sleeping areas. Test them every month!
Resources & Activities
Click here for activities and important fire safety tips for your home:
- Fire Safety Activities, Games and More for Younger Children
- Fire Safety Lessons for Elementary School Students
- What's Cooking for Teens - Fire Safety Program
Chalks ready, set, draw! Share a fire safety message with your neighbours and enter for a chance to win a Beats Headphones Prize Pack or a Dollarama Gift Card Prize Pack!
Step 1: Read-up on fire safety
Step 2: Test your smoke alarms to make sure they are working
Step 3: Practice your home escape plan with your entire family
Step 4: Share your new fire safety knowledge with your neighbours using sidewalk chalk! Draw or write your fire safety tips on your driveway or sidewalk (make sure you are in a safe spot!). You might want to share tips like:
- Plan your escape! (Draw a map how you would get out of your house safely.)
- Watch what you heat – always stay in the kitchen when you are cooking.
- Check for overloaded or damaged extension cords.
- Have your furnace and fireplace inspected annually.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
- Clean your laundry lint vent every load.
Step 5: Email a photo of your chalk message to firstname.lastname@example.org! Submissions will be accepted until Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Submissions from Middlesex Centre residents under the age of 18 will be entered into a draw to win a Beats Headphones Prize Pack (1st prize) or a Dollarama Gift Card Prize Pack (2nd prize).
Don't forget to share your messages on social media using the hashtags #MiddlesexCentre #Chalkoneupforfiresafety #FireSafety #FirePreventionWeek
- Download Shareable "Chalk One Up for Fire Safety" Poster (PDF)
Unfortunately we can't welcome you on a tour of our fire stations this year. We hope you'll enjoy taking a "virtual" tour instead!
Fire Truck Tour - Delaware Fire Station
Join District Fire Chief Mark Rennison of the Delaware Station for a tour of one of our fire engines!
Station Tour - Coldstream Fire Station
Join Shannon Leitch, Fire & Emergency Services Coordinator, for a tour of the net-zero Coldstream Fire Station.
Have questions about Fire Safety?