Kitchen Fire Safety

East Gwillimbury Emergency Services is partnering with Superstore’s PC cooking school March Break Camps and to teach pre-teens the importance of safe cooking practices.

Emergency Services will provide a 20 minute introductory safety program at the beginning of these two featured courses:

  1. Italian Feast - Monday March 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  2. Family Spring Break Class - Tuesday March 14, 6 to 8 p.m. 

PC Cooking School camps are a three hour drop off class for children between the ages of 6 and 11 years old. Pre-registration is required for all Cooking Classes. If you are interested in signing up visit: www.pccookingschool.ca

If you are unable to attend the courses and would like your teen to learn more about safe cooking practices please contact Nicole Spina, Public Education Specialist at 905-853-8842.

Safe Cooking Tips

  • Never Leave Cooking Unattended! - Never leave home when a microwave oven, stove burner or oven is on. Keep a close eye on what you're cooking.
  • Keep Your Cooking Area Clean - Many items in the kitchen can catch fire easily. They include pot holders, dish towels and product packaging. Keep curtains away from the stove. Clean up spills onto the stovetop and nearby counters. Clean your oven regularly. Many kitchen fires start because of built up grease.
  • Kids & Pets Should Stay Clear - There is an imaginary kid-free zone one metre around your kitchen stove. Enforce it strictly. Also keep pets from running around underfoot. They might cause you to trip when you're holding or near to something very hot.
  • Always Turn Pot Handles In! - It is too easy for a child to reach up and grab or hit a pot or pan handle that's sticking out over the edge of the stovetop. Scalding injuries can be quite serious.
  • Don't Overload Electrical Outlets - This means the notorious "outlet octopus" must be avoided. That's when several electrical cords are plugged into the same outlet. Avoid plugging more than one appliance into an outlet. There should not be more than two operating appliances plugged into the same circuit. Heat generating appliances such as toasters and electric frying pans use a lot of current. If you overload the circuit, it will get hot and possibly short out or catch fire. Have damaged cords or outlets fixed immediately. If water gets into an electrical appliance, have it serviced before you use it again.
  • Watch Your Sleeves - Be mindful of what you're wearing while cooking. Loose sleeves over hot stove burners can catch fire. Wear clothing with snug cuffs or roll up the sleeves. If you store things above your stovetop, your clothing could catch fire when you lean over stove burners to reach up.
  • Grease & Cooking Oil -These commonly cause kitchen fires. If using cooking oil, heat it slowly and never leave the pot or pan unattended. Keep close at hand a large lid that would fully cover any cooking vessels on the stove. If the oil or grease should catch fire, the lid can be put over the flames to smother them. Never try to put out an oil or grease fire with water. It will splatter, possibly spreading the fire.
  • Ovens- If a fire starts in your oven or microwave oven, keep the door closed to prevent air from feeding the flames. Turn the appliance off or pull the plug. If the flames don't die out quickly, call 9-11.
  • Always Be Alert! Don't cook if you're under the influence of alcohol. The same goes if you're drowsy from medication or fatigue.