MISSION, BC—As residents stay home to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and spend more time preparing meals in the kitchen, Mission Fire Rescue Service shares some important kitchen fire safety reminders to help keep our community safe.
“During this time of physical distancing, many are turning their attention to cooking and baking,” said Ian Glasgow, Fire Inspector & Educator at Mission Fire Rescue Service. “With so many people spending more time in the kitchen, it’s a great time to learn about kitchen fire safety as well, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones while you have fun in the kitchen. Simple precautions can go along way to keep everyone safe.”
Tips to keep safe in the kitchen:
- Keep all children at least “3 feet from the heat.” Hot surfaces or spilled food have the potential to cause serious injury;
- Never leave the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling; turn off the stove if you need to leave;
- Keep fabrics and loose clothing away from the stove;
- Turn pot handles inward to avoid bumping and spilling cooking food or liquid;
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen;
- Have a tight-fitting lid handy to smother potential grease fires. Never put water on a grease fire;
- Get out and call 9-1-1 for anything but a very small fire;
More information about Mission Fire Rescue Service can be found at mission.ca.