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Fire Prevention Week – Cooking Safety

For immediate release: October 12, 2018 - 1:00pm
FR18-125

Fire Prevention Week is wrapping up, but that doesn’t mean that practicing fire safety and prevention has to! This week, we’ve focused on three basic principles: Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere. Topics including smoke alarms, home escape plans, and heating safety have been linked to the importance of remembering to LOOK, LISTEN, and LEARN when considering fire safety and prevention.

Today, we’ll look at cooking safety to learn of how you can keep your dreams of becoming a professional chef from going up in smoke! Whether you’re cooking up a package of Kraft Dinner for yourself or a turkey feast for your friends and family, the Saskatoon Fire Department has the following tips for you:

  • Fires start when your attention stops; always be alert and aware when cooking,
  • Keep combustible materials a safe distance from all cooking appliances that are capable of producing heat,
  • Never wear loose fitting clothing when cooking,
  • Use a timer to remind you to monitor your cooking,
  • Always remain in your home when you are cooking,
  • Keep the handles of pots and pans turned inwards when cooking,
  • Smother small fires in pots and pans by covering them with a lid and turning off the stove,
  • Suffocate small oven fires by turning off the oven and keeping the door closed, and
  • If you are unable to extinguish a fire on your own, leave your home immediately and call 911; stay outside while you wait for the Saskatoon Fire Department to arrive.

In an emergency, seconds count; cooking responsibly and knowing what to do if things turn sideways on you can be the difference in preventing a tragedy in your home.

Always remember: Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.

In an emergency, call 911 immediately.