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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week: October 8 to October 14, 2023

What is Fire Prevention Week?
The purpose of Fire Prevention week is to raise fire safety awareness, and help ensure your home and family has a plan and is ready for the unexpected.

This year’s campaign, “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention™”, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe when cooking.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths. Most cooking fires and burns can be prevented by remembering a few simple but effective tips.

Cooking Safety
Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service offers these key safety tips to help reduce the risk of a cooking fire.

Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. Turn off the burner if you leave the kitchen for any reason.

Turn pot handled toward the back of the stove. Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.

Have a "kid-and pet-free zone" of at least 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove or grill and anywhere else hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home. Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

Stay Alert
To prevent cooking fires, you must be alert. You will not be alert if you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol, or have taken medicine or drugs that make you drowsy

Keeping Things That Can Catch Fire Away from Heat Sources
Keep anything that can catch fire–oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, curtains–away from your stovetop.

Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean.

Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and can catch fire if it comes in contact with a gas flame or an electric burner.

Keep things that can catch fire away from heat sources. Never use your oven or microwave as storage space. This can cause a fire.

What to Do If You Have a Cooking Fire
Always keep a lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, leave the lid on until the pan has cooled.

Never pour water on a cooking pan grease fire.

Only trained adults should use a fire extinguisher on a grease fire. Only Class K fire extinguishers are rated for the purpose of putting out grease and animal fat fires.

In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed until it is cool. Only open the door once you are confident the fire is completely out, standing to the side as you open the oven door.

After a fire, the oven should be checked by a licensed professional and/or
serviced before being used again.

When in doubt, just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. After you leave, call 9-1-1 or the fire department from a mobile phone or a trusted neighbor’s phone.

Sparky the fire dog sitting on top of a home fire escape plan


Family's Home Safety Action Plan check list




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