This year’s theme focuses on the prevention of cooking fires and staying fire safe in the kitchen. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in Ontario. The majority of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Most home fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, residents tell us they only left the kitchen for a few minutes. That's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start,” said North Grenville Fire Chief John Okum.
“We know cooking fires can be prevented. Stay in the kitchen while cooking and avoiding any and all distractions are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”
Simple steps to serve up fire safety in the kitchen include:
- Always stay in the kitchen when cooking and turn off the stove if you must leave the kitchen.
- Keep a proper fitting lid near the stove. If a pot of oil catches fire, slide the lid over the pot and turn off the stove. Do not move the pot. Never throw water on a burning pot.
- Keep anything that burns - plastic utensils, dishcloths, paper towels – at a safe distance away from the stove.
- Cook responsibly and be alert. You will not be alert if you have consumed alcohol or drugs.
- Wear tight-fitting or rolled up sleeves when using the stove. Loose, dangling clothing can easily catch fire.
- Keep young kids and pets at least one metre away from the stove. Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge so they can’t be easily knocked off.
- If you burn yourself while cooking, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes. If the burn is severe, seek medical attention.
“As busy parents and professionals, it is tempting to multi-task while in the kitchen. Unfortunately, however, the consequences can be disastrous,” emphasized Mayor Nancy Peckford. “Some things must simply wait while you are cooking.”
“Please follow the safety tips provided by our local Fire Service and help keep our community safe by always being diligent while cooking food,” added Councillor Kristin Strackerjan and Emergency and Protective Services Liaison.
New this year – the North Grenville Fire Service has created an online contest on Kitchen Fire Safety. School-aged kids can fill out the Kitchen Safety Quiz and enter to win a fire safety gift from the North Grenville Fire Service.
Fire Prevention Week is an annual campaign to educate everyone about fire safety with simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. For more information visit www.northgrenville.ca and follow the North Grenville social media channels for safety tips in the kitchen.
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