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Kitchen Fire Safety

The best part of the holidays is spending time with family and friends, but a close second is enjoying all of the delicious holiday food. During this time of year, there’s a lot of cooking going on, from turkey and stuffing, to sweet potato pie, and of course all of that delicious holiday baking!

Unfortunately, this is also the #1 season for house fires, with 20% of house fires in Canada happening in the kitchen. Follow the safety tips below to make sure that the only thing that’s on fire this holiday season is your Uncle Eugene’s jokes!

KITCHEN FIRE SAFETY TIPS:

  • Never leave the kitchen with items left cooking on the stove. If you do need to leave the kitchen, turn the burners off before leaving the room.
  • Use a timer so you don’t forget something is on the stove or in the oven.
  • Clean cooking surfaces regularly to prevent grease buildup.
  • Keep towels and potholders away from the stovetop.
  • Keep kids and pets out of the kitchen while cooking.
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher close by while cooking.
  • Test smoke alarms regularly to ensure they’re in good working order.
  • Keep lids close by. If a fire starts, you can slide the lid over the burning pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan in place and the lid on until the pan is completely cool.
  • NEVER pour water on grease fires.
Source: https://www.regina.ca/residents/fire-services/prevent-fires-burns/fires-cooking/