Fire Prevention Week

Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!

Fire Prevention Week in Canada is October 4-10, 2020. This year’s focus is on ensuring fire safety in the kitchen with simple but important actions you can take to keep your family safe. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in Canada, and the majority of reported home fires started in the kitchen.

Check out the following safety tips from Spruce Grove Fire Services to prevent a cooking fire:

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly. Remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
  • You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or have consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 1 metre around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

Have little ones in the house? Teach them about fire safety in the kitchen by filling out the cooking safety checklist together!

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit www.nfpa.org.