Fire Prevention Week 2020 Serves Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen

Friday, September 25, 2020

With people staying at home more these days, this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is more relevant than ever with “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost half of reported fires started in the kitchen and two-third of home cooking fire start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. Which is why City of Leduc Fire Services is taking this week to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around safe.

“A cooking fire can occur just as easily as it can be prevented,” says City of Leduc Fire Chief George Clancy. “Simple actions like setting a timer, keeping your cooking areas clear, and staying focused on the food makes a compounding difference to keep you and those around you safe.”

Leduc Fire Services wants to share recipes for kitchen safety:

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. 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 are cooking.
  • You have to be alert when cooking. You will not be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you are 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 three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

Due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no open house this year. Residents can visit leduc.ca/fpw2020 for more information and resources to help you cook safely.

For more information, follow Leduc Fire on Facebook.com/LeducFireServices, Twitter (@LeducFire) or call 780-980-8496. Additional resources on fire prevention is located at leduc.ca/fire-services/fire-prevention.

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