This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. According to the Office of the Fire Commissioner, cooking is one of the leading causes of home fires and home fire injuries in British Columbia.
White Rock Fire Rescue encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme and wants to share safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.
- 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’re cooking.
- You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t 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’re 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.
Fire Prevention Week Contest
Fire Prevention Week is a great time to discuss fire and burn prevention with your friends and family, and is an opportunity for students in British Columbia to win some fantastic prizes. This year, the contest is open to all grades! Download the Fire Prevention Week information sheet (PDF) and share with the people in your community. We look forward to receiving your entry.
For contest details, and to learn more about fire safety, visit www.gov.bc.ca/FireSafety/FirePreventionWeek