Friday, October 4, 2013

Cook with Caution

In Alberta, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries and the second cause of home fire deaths.  To help promote better safety in the home, this year’s Fire Prevention week theme is “Preventing Kitchen Fires.”

“The kitchen is the busiest room in most households,” said Calgary Fire Department Public Information Officer Carol Henke.  “It is also the room with dangerous equipment, such as sharp knives and a hot stove, so there is greater risk for injuries and for fire.”

As part of Fire Prevention Week and to help promote fire safety in the kitchen, the Calgary Fire Department will be hosting open houses at four fire stations this Saturday, October 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  During the open houses firefighters and community safety staff will be demonstrating how to prevent kitchen fires, providing fire safety tips for the entire home, and giving station and fire truck tours.

The Fire Stations hosting open houses are:

  • South Calgary Fire Station, 3129 14 Street S.W.
  • Huntington Hills Fire Station, 415 68 Avenue N.W.
  • Silver Springs Fire Station, 209 Silvergrove Drive N.W.
  • McKenzie Towne Fire Station, 6 McKenzie Towne Gate S.E.

Some fire safety tips everyone should keep in mind when working in the kitchen:

  • Never leave cooking unattended, stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food. 
  • If you must leave the kitchen, turn off the stove and remove the pot from the burner.
  • Use the stove’s back burners whenever possible and turn pot handles inward to reduce the risk of pots being knocked over. 
  • Keep children and pets at least one metre away from the stove.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, and other items that can burn, away from the stovetop.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and lid nearby when cooking.  If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. 

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit

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