Fire Prevention Week

Join Lambton Shores Fire and Emergency Services in celebrating Fire Prevention Week (FPW) from October 8-14, 2023!

This year's FPW campaign is: Cooking safety starts with YOU! Pay Attention to fire prevention

This year's focus on cooking safety works to educate the public about simple but important steps they can take to help reduce the risk of fire when cooking at home, keeping themselves and those around them safe.

Why is this important?

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires, with nearly half (49 percent) of all home fires involving cooking equipment; cooking is also the leading cause of home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires and related deaths. In addition, NFPA data shows that cooking is the only major cause of fire that resulted in more fires and fire deaths in 2014-2018 than in 1980-1984.

We hope you will use the resources available on this page to protect your family and household from cooking fires.

Cooking Safety Doesn't Need to be Hard!

Stand by your pan
Leading Cause of Cooking Fires and Deaths

Despite being such a simple action to correct, unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths.

This means that by simply staying in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food, we can significantly reduce the number of cooking fires and deaths!

If you need to leave the kitchen - even for a "short time" - turn off the stove and remove food from the burner.

Stove Top Tips

Do you know what to do if a grease fire starts? Unfortunately, most of us panic when a grease fire starts but you need to stay calm and remember not to put water on a grease fire. Instead, turn off the heat source and cut off air to the fire. A good tip is always keeping a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.

Another stove top reminder is turning all pot and pan handles toward the back of the stove so no one bumps into them or pulls them over.

Another important thing to do is keeping the stovetop, oven and burners clean!

Keep a lid nearby when cooking
Grilling safety
Grilling Season (but safely)!

BBQ safety is an important part of cooking safety. Just because your BBQ is outside doesn't mean it won't wreak havoc if a fire starts!

When your grill is in use, it should be kept in an open space, away from anything that might catch fire. This includes siding, deck railings, eaves, or tree branches. It's also important to keep the grill away from play areas or places with high foot traffic.

And, of course, never leave a grill unattended!

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