Help keep your home safe from fire with these essential fire safety tips and fire prevention information.

The County encourages everyone to participate in fire prevention tactics year-round to ensure you, your family and your property is safe from the risk of fire. For other tips on how to keep your home safe:

Fire prevention week

Fire Prevention Week is the first week in October each year. This educational campaign helps to teach you about the simple but important actions to help you prevent fires from starting in your home.

Preventative tips for in the kitchen

Cooking fires is one of the leading causes of fires and related injuries in Canada. Most fires can be avoided by paying attention while cooking in the kitchen. Follow these safety tips while working in the kitchen:

General kitchen safety

  • Never leave the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, simmering, baking, roasting or boiling.
  • Do not cook if you are tired or under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing while cooking.
  • Always remain with children if they want to help with cooking otherwise, keep children and pets away from cooking areas.
  • Keep a multi-purpose fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of an emergency. Make sure you and other members of your household know how to use it.
  • Ensure your smoke alarm is in working order.

Frying safety

  • Use extra caution when frying. It is one of the most dangerous cooking activities recorded by fire departments.
  • Use a temperature-controlled fryer or an electric skillet designed for high temperatures when frying.
  • Use only enough oil to cover the bottom of your pan, heat the oil slowly and always add food carefully to your pot or pan.
  • Keep a lid beside the stove when frying so if a fire starts, you can use the lid to smother the flames. If a fire starts in your pan, immediately cover the pan with a lid and turn off the heat.

Stovetop safety

  • Always be sure to clean food and grease from your stovetops.
  • Keep burners, oven and exhaust-fan filters and ducts clean.
  • If your appliances are more than 10 years old, have them inspected to ensure they are in good working order.

Oven safety

  • Always double check that your oven is empty before turning it on.
  • If you are using an oven, check on your food regularly or use a timer. If a fire starts in your oven, immediately turn off the heat and keep the doors closed to prevent flames from spreading.

Microwave safety

  • Use only microwave-safe containers for heating food.
  • Never use aluminum foil or metal in the microwave.
  • Microwaves should always be plugged directly into a wall socket and never use an extension cord.

Common fire starters

Most fires start when heat or flames come in contact with common items found in your home. It is important to be aware of where these items are in your house to remove them from a fire emergency, if possible. Common fire starters include:

  • wall coverings
  • paper
  • plastic bags
  • loose clothing
  • hand towels
  • cookbooks
  • napkins
  • food packaging