Stay in Kitchen with your Cooking
TORONTO, Dec. 17 /CNW/ -
In the last week in Ontario, cooking related fires claimed the lives of
three persons and seriously injured two more. To prevent any further
tragedies Acting Fire Marshal Doug Crawford is urging everyone to stay
in the kitchen while cooking and to turn off the stove if they must
leave for any reason.
For the entire month of December last year, ten people died in fires in
the province. This December, there have already been 11 fatalities.
Unattended cooking is the number one cause of home fires.
Important steps to prevent home fires include:
Staying in the kitchen while cooking, particularly when using oil or
Keeping combustible items such as cooking utensils and paper towels a
safe distance from the stove as they can easily ignite if they are too
Keeping a proper fitting lid near the stove when cooking. If a pot
catches fire, slide the lid over the pot and turn off the stove.
Drinking responsibly and keeping an eye on those who do not. Excessive
alcohol use is a contributing factor in many residential fires.
"It is absolutely vital that everyone stay in the kitchen when cooking.
These deaths and injuries are needless and can easily be prevented. The
Fire Service of Ontario doesn't want anyone else to experience a
similar tragedy over the holidays." -- Doug Crawford, Acting Fire
Marshal of Ontario
In Ontario, it is the law to have working smoke alarms on every storey
and outside all sleeping areas.
Visit the www.ofm.gov.on.ca for additional information on fire safety and prevention.
SOURCE Office of the Fire Marshal - Media Relations
For further information: For further information:
|Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3138|
Bev Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3178