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Celebrating Fire Prevention Week with the Martensville Fire Department

by Shanine Sealey
Each year, the Martensville Fire Department opens the doors to the fire hall and invites the public to attend their annual open house to celebrate Fire Prevention Week, which takes place from October 8-14 this year. The 2023 open house will be taking place on Wednesday, October 11th from 5pm-7pm and will include a barbeque supper consisting of burgers and hot dogs, static truck displays, a car seat clinic, informative handouts, an appearance from Sparky and a live demonstration.
“We look forward to this event every year because it gives us a chance to meet with the people of the community and it is just a fun time for everyone. It is our opportunity to give back to the community that supports us so well, so we invite everyone to come on out and enjoy supper on us and get a chance to meet the members of yourlocal department,” Deputy Fire Chief Dean Brooman stated.
With the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week being cooking safety, Brooman explained that the best piece of advice that he could offer people is to pay attention when cooking. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries within Canada.
“Cooking doesn’t necessarily mean you are in the kitchen, so whether it is inside or outside cooking, be attentive and ensure that you have eyes and ears on what you are doing. Give it your full attention because things can go south pretty quickly. Whatever you are cooking, and wherever you are cooking it, just be careful and attentive to prevent a fire from breaking out,” Brooman said.
Another helpful reminder from Brooman is to ensure that your stove is turned off in the event of a power outage. “Often, when the power goes out, people forget that their stoves are on, so when the power comes back on, the stove is on and a fire can start.”
With outdoor cooking, this time of year is a perfect time to give your barbeque some extra attention and take the time to clean it out, check the lines and ensure everything is ready to be fired back up safely in the spring. Brooman also noted to ensure that propane tanks are always turned off when not in use.
The MFD currently has 30 active members, and as of October 10th, has attended a total of 312 calls this year, with 215 of those being medical calls, 79 fire calls and 18 motor vehicle collisions

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