Firefighters host burn awareness event

Nanaimo Professional Firefighters will be cooling kids down on Sunday (Aug. 19).

Nanaimo Professional Firefighters will be cooling kids down on Sunday (Aug. 19) while helping them learn about burn injuries that can be sustained around the house.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Departure Bay Kiwanis Water Park, the firefighters will be hosting kids aged two to 12 to an afternoon of water fun, including a massive slip-and-slide and water balloons, as well as activities, games, hotdogs and fresh fruit.

“This water party is a way for us to be out with the community, people can have some fun, and hopefully they can learn a few things on how to keep kids safe,” said Greg Finstad, local representative for the B.C. Burn Fund.

The majority of burn injuries happen to children in their own homes, most prominently the kitchen and bathroom. Hot liquids are the No. 1 cause of burns in households.