Fire prevention week
Serve up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!
October 4 to 10 is Fire Prevention Week. Did you know cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries? The number one cause of fires in the kitchen is leaving cooking unattended. It only takes a second for a fire to start. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food. If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in your home.
Here are some tips to help keep cooking safe:
Keep a lid nearby when cooking.
Make sure there is nothing around the stove that can catch fire.
Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
Have a “kid-free zone” of at least one metre around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
Also make sure to have a working smoke alarm in all areas of the home. Smoke alarms detect and alert us to a fire in the early stages. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. Remember to test your alarms monthly and change the batteries twice a year.
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