Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen

This year’s theme of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 4-10, is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.

The theme is very timely as cooking fires continue to be the leading cause of home fires in Ontario. It focuses on the prevention of cooking fires and staying fire safe in the kitchen.

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. It only takes a few minutes for a dangerous fire to start.
  • Keep anything that burns – plastic utensils, dishcloths, paper towels – a safe distance from the stove.
  • Wear tight-fitting or rolled up sleeves when using the stove. Loose, dangling clothing can easily catch fire.
  • Keep young kids one metre away from the stove. Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge so they can’t be easily knocked off.
  • Try to keep the oven, stovetop and kitchen hood clean. Built up fat and grease can ignite and cause a fire.
  • Keep a proper fitting lid near the stove. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame and turn of the stove.
  • Not feeling 100 per cent? Order take-out. If you’re tired, or have been drinking alcohol, or you are taking medication that makes you drowsy, it’s safer not to risk it.
  • Double check that the stovetop and oven are turned off when you have finished cooking.
  • If you do have a kitchen fire, just get out and call 9-1-1. Never throw water on a burning pot.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and TVOKids have teamed up to promote the “Push 2 Buttons” campaign which encourages everyone to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Families can visit tvokids.com to enter the number of alarms they’ve tested in the interactive counter.

Find more kitchen fire safety tips on the YourVoiceMarkham.ca/FirePrevention web page.

Markham Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) is holding a contest with great prizes. To enter: create a free YourVoiceMarkham account; Take a photo or a short video clip of you and/or your family cooking in the kitchen and; Share a kitchen fire safety tip. Contest ends on October 26. All entrants will be automatically entered into this contest and 20 winners will be selected by random draw at a later date. Prize includes a MFES Swag Bag and $25 restaurant gift card.

Photo: MFES Acting Chief Adam Grant (left) and Deputy Fire Chief Chris Nearing promote the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme: Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.

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