Fire and Rescue NSW open day is on Saturday, May 20

AWARENESS: Cessnock firefighters Jamie Chapple and Ben Allen with a poster promoting the theme of this year's open day. Picture: Krystal Sellars
AWARENESS: Cessnock firefighters Jamie Chapple and Ben Allen with a poster promoting the theme of this year's open day. Picture: Krystal Sellars

Firefighting demonstrations, station tours and safety presentations will be on offer at the Fire and Rescue NSW open day this Saturday.

“Keep looking when cooking” is the theme of this year’s open day, which will run from 10am to 2pm at most FRNSW stations across the state.

FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said this year’s theme is focusing on fire prevention in the kitchen.

“Almost half of all house fires start in the kitchen, usually when people fail to keep an eye on the stovetop,” he said.

“Regrettably, hundreds of injuries occur every year from cooking-related fires, and people have lost their lives as a result.”

Commissioner Baxter said the open day is also a great opportunity to talk to firefighters on how you can protect your home from fire.

“Firefighters will also be able to provide advice on installing or replacing smoke alarms, and preparing a home fire escape plan,” he said.

Children will be able to see the fire engines and firefighting equipment up close – always a highlight of this much-anticipated day – and they will also be able to take home a “Brigade Kids” activity booklet, which teaches them vital fire safety lessons.

Fire and Rescue NSW stations in the Cessnock area include Cessnock, Kearsley, Bellbird, Paxton, Abermain, Weston, Kurri Kurri and Branxton.

For more information about the open day, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au.