Ontario Electrical Safety Report findings support Fire Prevention Week's
focus on preventing kitchen fires
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Each year there are an average of
more than 700 electric stove-top fires in homes across the province
according to a recent report released by the Electrical Safety
Authority (ESA). While the number of incidents has decreased in the
last decade by 35 per cent, the Ontario Electrical Safety Report
reveals that more than 130 Ontarians are hurt and three are killed each
year on average due to cooking fires.
The leading cause of these fires is leaving a stove-top unattended while
cooking and the data show that certain kinds of stoves increase the
"Traditional electric stoves with coil elements can heat up to a much
higher temperature - more than 700 degrees Celsius - than gas and other
types of electric stoves," explains ESA's Chief Public Safety Officer
Scott Saint. "If you have this kind of appliance, it's critical to take
extra care. Regardless of what kind of stove you have, always 'look
while you cook'."
This year's Fire Prevention Week focuses on kitchen fires, and ESA is
joining the Fire Marshal's Office to encourage all Ontarians to
remember these tips to cook safely:
Stay in the kitchen and look while you cook!
Keep children away from hot stove-tops.
Drink responsibly when cooking.
If a fire occurs, get out immediately and call 911.
For more information on how to prevent kitchen fires, go to www.esasafe.com.
The annual Ontario Electrical Safety Report has been produced by the ESA
for more than a decade to provide a comprehensive assessment of
electrical fatalities and incidents in Ontario. Based on information
from various sources, including investigations and root-cause analysis,
the data allows ESA to direct resources where they are needed and where
safety challenges are greatest.
The Electrical Safety Authority
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is an administrative authority
acting on behalf of the Government of Ontario with specific
responsibilities under the Electricity Act and the Safety and Consumer
Statutes Administration Act. As part of its mandate, ESA is
responsible for administering regulation in four key areas: the Ontario
Electrical Safety Code; licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master
Electricians; electrical distribution safety; and electrical product
More than 700 residential electric stove-top fires occur each year on
average in Ontario. The leading cause is cooking left unattended.
Cooking-related fires continue to be the most common type of residential
Cooking equipment has been identified as the leading source of
preventable home injuries, and the second leading source of preventable
residential fire fatalities.
Stove-top fires account for the majority of cooking fires. Other causes
include products such as ovens, microwaves and electric frying pans.
Approved cooking products bear the symbol of a certified product testing
agency that has been accredited by the Standards Council of Canada. Go
to www.esasafe.com/electricalproducts/marks to view these symbols.
SOURCE: Electrical Safety Authority
For further information:
Electrical Safety Authority