Fire Rescue Service gets $9,000 grant for public education

By Lindsay Advocate

The Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service has received a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of Canadafor $8,972.20 to go towards a Fire Hazard Kitchen Simulator. The Kitchen Simulator is a tool that Fire Prevention Inspectors use to promote kitchen safety during public education initiatives throughout the municipality.

“We’re so excited to have received this grant,” said Alana Erwood, Fire Prevention Inspector and Public Educator at Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue. “Stove top fires account for 71% of all cooking related fires. The Simulator is a great way to show youth and other groups how to stay safe while cooking.”

The Fire Hazard Kitchen Simulator is a portable teaching aid that simulates a life-size stovetop and countertop with realistic effects. The Simulator can demonstrate a red hot electrical element and a burning pot and toaster.

“The Simulator will help our Fire Prevention Division teach high-risk groups such as youth and seniors how to prevent cooking fires,” adds Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst. “We know that this new tool will help raise awareness about fire hazards in the kitchen.”

To learn more about the Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue, visit the municipal website.

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