Fire Prevention Week 2020- Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen


The Fire Prevention Week 2020 campaign highlights this year's focus on cooking safety and preventing kitchen fires at home. Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries and unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen. Below are a few kitchen safety tips:

  1. Stay focused on the food – unattended cooking is the #1 source of fires in the kitchen.
  2. Use a timer to remind yourself that you are cooking.
  3. If you are sleepy, have taken a medication that makes you drowsy, or have consumed alcohol, don’t cook.
  4. Keep cooking areas clear and keep anything that could catch on fire away from the stovetop.
  5. Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 1m around the stove and where hot food is prepared/carried.
  6. Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide a lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is cool.
  7. Never discharge a portable fire extinguisher into a grease fire because it may cause the fire to spread.
  8. Turn pot/pan handles away from the edge of the stove to prevent burns/scalds.
  9. Clean up food and grease from the stovetop after cooking.
  10. Keep your pets off cooking surfaces and nearby counterspace.

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