It's Fire Prevention Week
This week is Fire Prevention Week in Canada. It runs from Sunday, October 4 until Saturday, October 10.
This theme this year is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in Canada. The majority of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Most home fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
The Corner Brook Fire Department is sharing safety tips to keep you from having 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.