Fire Prevention Week 2020

Fire Prevention Week 2020 Focuses on Cooking Fire Safety
Posted on 09/28/2020
The Charlottetown Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years – to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”

The campaign, which runs from October 4-10, is designed to educate the public about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

The 2020 theme focuses on fire safety in the kitchen because cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in Canada. The majority of reported home fires started in the kitchen and most home fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials, according to the NFPA.

“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA Vice-President of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen while cooking, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”

The Charlottetown Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.

“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to – like this year’s theme suggests – ‘serve up fire safety in the kitchen,” said Fire Chief Randy MacDonald. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”

The Charlottetown Fire Department is using this time to remind the public of fire safety tips specific to cooking:

• Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. Turn off the stove if leaving the kitchen.
• If simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly. Remain in the home while food is cooking and use a timer.
• Stay alert and avoid cooking if sleepy or consuming alcohol or medicine or drugs that may cause drowsiness.
• Keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when 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 1 metre around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and preventing cooking fires, visit www.fpw.org