Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen
From October 4-10, Regina Fire & Protective Services joins fire organizations from across Canada and the United States to mark Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme, ‘Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen’, encourages everyone to be fire safe while cooking.
In Regina, cooking has been the leading cause of fires 10 years running. Over the last four years, Regina Fire & Protective Services has responded to more than 1,900 cooking alarms, resulting in the loss of family homes, painful burn injuries, as well as endangering the community.
“The theme of Fire Prevention Week ‘Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen’ reminds each of us that by integrating small actions into our cooking routines, we can reduce fires in our community,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “That’s why I’m happy to proclaim October 4-10 as Fire Prevention Week and ask residents to be fire safe.”
Protect yourself and your family by following these important fire safe behaviours:
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Turn off the burner if you must leave the kitchen, even for a very short time.
- Cook with a large lid handy. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Let the pan cool.
- Keep items that can catch fire, like towels, potholders and food wrappers, away from the stovetop.
- Don't let children or pets play near the stove when cooking.
“The number one reason for cooking fires in our community is because individuals become distracted when cooking or leave the stove unattended,” says Regina Fire Chief Layne Jackson. “For that reason, we implore everyone to stay in the kitchen and look while you cook.”
For more safe cooking tips, check out Regina.ca/fire.
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the two-day Great Chicago Fire in 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. Learn more from the National Fire Protection Association.