Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12: Prevent Kitchen Fires

Recognized annually every October, Fire Prevention Week will be held across Canada from Sunday, October 6 to Saturday October 12, 2013. This year's campaign, Prevent Kitchen Fires, stresses the importance of safe cooking practices in the kitchen.

According to the latest research by the National Fire Protection Association, kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fires. Two out of every five home fires begin in the kitchen – more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.

Some important safety tips to remember:
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
  • If you must leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
  • If you have young children, use the stove's back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least one metre (approximately three feet) away from the stove.
  • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stove top.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stove tops.
During Fire Prevention Week, the Victoria Fire Department will attend City of Victoria elementary schools to participate in fire drills and promote fire prevention and protection in the home.

Learn more about fire safety.