Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is reminding everyone to stay fire safe when cooking as part of Fire Prevention Week 2023.

Cooking remains the leading cause of residential loss fires in Ontario, but by following a fire safe recipe, disaster can be avoided. Adding an ounce of prevention is the not-so-secret ingredient that will ensure your meal is one to remember.

Unattended cooking, distractions, and being under the influence of alcohol or other substances leaves you unprepared to act in the event of fire. It’s also recommended to avoid a cluttered workspace around the stove and wearing loose-fitting clothes that can easily lead to items catching fire.

“Accidents can happen but can be avoided by practicing fire safety in the kitchen,” said Fire Chief Greg Hankkio. “Keeping a lid close to slide over a pot in the event of a fire, keeping a clear area around the stove, and avoiding distractions to focus on the task at hand are good prevention measures.”

Distractions, unattended cooking, cooking while intoxicated, cooking utensils that are too close to a stove and loose-fitting clothing are all a recipe for disaster. Never leave the kitchen while the stove is on. If you must leave the cooking area, turn off the stove. Fire safety in the kitchen starts with prevention and being prepared.

Thunder Bay Fire Rescue also encourages homeowners to make sure a working smoke alarm is installed on every storey of a home, and tested at least once a month. A home fire escape plan should also be practiced by everyone in the home for a safe escape in an emergency.

Fire Prevention Week (FPW) runs from October 8-14, 2023.

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