Fire safety in the kitchen focus of Fire Prevention Week

Cooking cause of most household fires

Hot grease and flammable items left too close to the stove are among the fire hazards in the kitchen.

Cooking is the number one cause of home fires and fire injuries and the focus of this year’s Fire Prevention Week.

“For most Ontario families, preparing food at home is part of daily life,” said Ontario Fire Marshal Jon Pegg. “Unfortunately, cooking fires occur all too often in Ontario. Making small changes to stay fire-safe can make a big difference in protecting you and your family.”

Firefighters are hoping you will take some time this week to learn about simple but important actions to keep you and your family safe in the kitchen.

Among other things:

  • Always stay in the kitchen when cooking and turn the stove completely off if you must leave.
  • Keep a proper fitting lid near the stove. If a pot of oil catches fire, slide the lid over the pot and turn off the stove. Do not move the pot. Never throw water on a burning pot.
  • Keep anything that burns – plastic utensils, dishcloths, paper towels – a safe distance from the stove.
  • Cook responsibly. To prevent cooking fires, you must be alert. You are not alert if you have consumed alcohol or drugs.
  • Wear tight-fitted clothing or roll up your sleeves when using the stove. Loose, dangling clothing can easily catch fire.
  • Keep young kids one metre away from the stove. Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge so pots can’t easily be knocked off.
  • If you burn yourself while cooking, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes. If the burn is severe, seek medical attention.

Due to the pandemic, the majority of Fire Prevention Week events and activities in Barrie will take place ​virtually on Barrie Fire And Emergency Service’s social media accounts ( and