Town of Canmore

Fire Prevention Week

Kitchen Safety Tips


  • Have a home fire extinguisher, store it in an accessible place, and know how to use it.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
  •  If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding a lid over the pan.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 1 metre around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried. 
  • To prevent overheating and ignition of cooking oil, fry foods in a temperature-controlled deep-fat fryer or skillet designed for a maximum temperature of 200 °C.
  • Use back burners whenever possible and turn pot handles inward to reduce the risk of pots being knocked over.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, and other items that can burn, away from your stovetop.
  • In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat, and keep the door closed.
  • If a fire starts in the microwave oven, leave the door closed, turn it off, and unplug it from the wall. 
    Get out and call 9-1-1.
  • If you have a fire in your kitchen and your initial attempts to smother the flames do not work, leave your home, and call 9-1-1.

Smoke Alarms 

  • Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. 
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
  • Have an escape plan. 

What is Fire Prevention Week?
Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

This year’s FPW campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” works to educate everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen.
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