Firefighters host water party to educate on burn risks

Majority of kids' burn injuries occur in the home.

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.

Along with the fun, firefighters will be educating families on fire prevention and how to stay safe at home.

“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. “Our goal each year is to educate the public so that no child suffers a preventable burn injury in Nanaimo.”

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

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