Day 5 of Charlottetown Fire Department 12 Days of Fire Safety Campaign
Nothing beats a turkey dinner with all the fixings, homemade Christmas cookies and holidays treats when celebrating with family and friends over the Christmas break. While cooking is often an important part of holiday get-togethers, fire from unattended cooking can quickly ruin holiday plans.
Here are some recommendations from the Charlottetown Fire Department for avoiding house fires, property damage, injuries or other tragedy related to unattended cooking:
• Keep things that can catch fire away from your cooking area such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, or food packaging;
• Avoid the habit of setting anything but cookware on top of your stove;
• Don’t walk away from your kitchen when cooking, especially when frying, grilling or broiling food;
• Unplug deep fryers and other related kitchen appliances when not in use;
• Turn off the stove if you have to leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time;
• When simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking;
• Use a timer when cooking;
• Don’t leave small children unsupervised in a kitchen when food is cooking in the oven or on the stove;
• For small stovetop grease fires, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it’s completely cooled;
• For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.
These tips are part of the Charlottetown Fire Department’s 12 Days of Fire Safety campaign to raise awareness of important fire safety and fire prevention measures leading into the holiday season.
The 12 Days of Fire Safety campaign was inspired by a similar initiative in Ontario. It will include public service announcements for twelve business days that outline fire prevention and safety tips. The announcements will be sent to local media as well as shared through www.charlottetown.ca/news.php and on social media via www.facebook.com/CityofCharlottetown and, on Twitter, @ChtownPE or @ChtownFire.
The daily tips will be shared from December 1-5, December 8-12 and December 15 and 16.
For more information on the Charlottetown Fire Department, visit: www.charlottetownfire.com
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