CORNWALL, Ontario - The best way to prevent kitchen fires is to never leave cooking unattended, said Cornwall Fire Chief Richard McCullough.
The fire chief's advice comes as part of the upcoming Fire Prevention Week (from Oct. 6 to 12) and its theme to 'Prevent Kitchen Fires.'
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires and injuries in the province.
"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Fire Chief McCullough. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. Help keep our community safe by taking responsibility to prevent fires from starting in the first place."
Important steps to prevent kitchen fires include:
• Pay attention when cooking - especially if you are using oil or high temperatures. If you must leave for any reason, turn off the stove.
• Wear tight-fitting or rolled up sleeves when using the stove. Loose, dangling clothing can easily catch fire.
• Keep a proper fitting lid near the stove. If a pot catches fire, slide the lid over the pot and turn off the stove.
• Never attempt to move a burning pot.
• Keep a close eye on anyone in your household who is drinking and attempts to cook.
The Cornwall Fire Department will be holding a number of events throughout the week to raise awareness about Fire Prevention Week and the importance of preventing kitchen fires.
These events will include hosting an information booth at Home Depot on Oct. 5 and at the Cornwall Square from Oct. 7 to 11. Firefighters will also be visiting schools throughout the week to deliver fire prevention tips to youth.
For additional fire prevention tips, please visit the public safety section of the city website (www.Cornwall.ca).