Fire Prevention Week is October 4th – 10th
FIRE PREVENTION WEEK 2020
This Year’s Theme,
“SERVE UP FIRE SAFETY IN THE KITCHEN”
With Fire Prevention Week just around the corner, Sault Fire Services is urging everyone in Sault Ste. Marie to take some simple steps to prevent kitchen fires in their home.
The theme is very timely as cooking fires continue to be the leading cause of home fires in Ontario. It focuses on the prevention of cooking fires and staying fire safe in the kitchen.
Simple steps to serve up fire safety in the kitchen include:
♦ Always stay in the kitchen when cooking and turn off the stove
if you must leave the kitchen.
♦ Keep a proper fitting lid near the stove. If a pot of oil catches fire, slide the lid over the pot and turn off the stove. Do not move the pot. Never throw water on a burning pot.
♦ Keep anything that burns – plastic utensils, dishcloths, paper towels –
a safe distance from the stove.
♦ Cook responsibly. To prevent cooking fires, you must be alert.
You will not be alert if you have consumed alcohol or drugs.
♦ Wear tight-fitting or rolled up sleeves when using the stove.
Loose, dangling clothing can easily catch fire.
♦ Keep young kids one metre away from the stove.
Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge so they can’t be easily knocked off.
♦ If you burn yourself while cooking, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes.
If the burn is severe, seek medical attention.
“Often when we’re called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us they only left the kitchen for a few minutes. But that’s all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. Help keep our community safe by preventing fires from starting in the first place.”
– Fire Chief Peter Johnson
Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services is promoting a mostly digital campaign during Fire Prevention Week this year. There will be social media ads, posts and videos. Along with commercials on CTV and SaultOnline. Banners will be displayed at fire halls across the city.
Updates will be provided to the public throughout the week on social media and through local media agencies.