The focus of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is preventing kitchen fires, and the volunteer fire department has a number of tips to avoid a blaze when cooking:
•Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
•If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
•When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
•If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
•When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
•Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
•Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
Cooking is the leading cause of house fires in Canada, and firefighters say that most of the kitchen fires they attend started when cooking was left unattended for only a few minutes.