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March 31, 2006
Media Advisory - Six-year-old burn victim visits his Toronto firefighter heroes
It was an unfortunate Valentine’s Day for a six-year-old who suffered burns from boiling oil. After spending five weeks in hospital, young Brandon, told his mother, Carol, that he wanted to meet the Toronto firefighters that came to his rescue. The Pumper 245 crew on B-Platoon have arranged some surprise gifts for Brandon when he visits this Sunday.

Date: Sunday, April 2
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Toronto Fire Station 245, 1600 Birchmount Rd. (south of Ellesmere Road)

More fires begin in the kitchen than any other room in the home. In fact, residential cooking is one of the leading causes of fire-related deaths. The majority of kitchen fires begin with cooking equipment. Number one on the list of fire sources are stoves, including microwave ovens.

Be constantly alert to cooking habits:
  • keep pot handles turned toward the back of the stove - a small child could pull on a handle extending out at the front of a stove and be burned or scalded by the pot’s contents
  • avoid wearing loose clothing while cooking - loose clothing can brush heating elements and easily catch fire
  • never leave food cooking unattended on the stove
  • never store frequently used items above the stove where you may be burned reaching over the hot stove to get them
  • remove pans of cooking fat or oils from the stove when not in use - it’s easy to accidentally turn on the wrong burner.

Fore more information about kitchen safety visit

Media contacts:

Rick Berenz
Executive Officer
Toronto Professional Fire Fighter’s Association

Acting District Chief Mike Strapko
Toronto Fire Services
Public Information Office



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