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Cooking Safely is Key Ingredient to the Perfect Meal

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Cooking Safely is Key Ingredient to the Perfect Meal

Practical Tips Ontarians Can Use to Prevent Kitchen Fires

To kick off Fire Prevention Week 2013, Ontario is encouraging families to cook safely to help prevent kitchen fires.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and the LCBO are launching
The Perfect Meal -- a new brochure filled with practical tips to help Ontarians stay safe in the kitchen.

Key fire prevention tips include:

  • Be a potwatcher! Stay in the kitchen when cooking -- especially if using oil or high temperatures. If you must leave, turn off the stove.
  • Handy, but not too handy: Keep items such as cooking utensils, dishcloths and pot holders a safe distance from the stove.
  • Roll it up: Loose fitting clothing can come into contact with the burners and catch fire. It's safer to wear tight sleeves or roll them up when cooking. 
  • If you have a fire, it's important to get out immediately and call 9-1-1.

Working to keep our communities safe is part of the government's plan to work together as One Ontario to build a successful, compassionate and united province where everyone has the opportunity to connect, contribute and enjoy a high quality of life. 

Quick Facts

  • Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 6 -12.
  • Kitchen fires are the No. 1 cause of house fires in Ontario.
  • As part of a pilot program, several fire services will be visiting local LCBO stores to provide fire safety information.
  • 2012 saw the largest drop ever in the number of fire deaths in Ontario; 70 compared to 86 in 2011.

Additional Resources

  • Find more important fire prevention tips and learn more about what to do in case of a fire.


“Fire Prevention Week is the ideal time to learn what we all can do to help promote fire safety. I commend fire services across the province for spreading the message of kitchen fire safety and I encourage all Ontarians to do their part to keep their homes safe.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Service

“For most Ontario families, preparing food at home is part of daily life. Unfortunately, cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of house fires and the second-leading cause of fatal fires in Ontario. Making small changes to stay fire-safe can make a big difference in helping everyone enjoy the perfect meal any time of day.”

Tadeusz (Ted) Wieclawek

Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management

“Many people enjoy having a drink when preparing a meal with family and friends. Sipping and savouring are the keys to drinking responsibly when cooking. It’s great to have a taste, but we encourage people to save enjoying wine, cocktails or beer for the meal.”

Shari Mogk-Edwards

LCBO vice-president of products, sales and merchandising



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