Chilliwack Fire Department offers tips for staying safe in the kitchen

Do you know what to do in the event of a grease fire? Read this and you will.

The Chilliwack Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 3-10) and this year’s campaign theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”

The Chilliwack Fire Department offers the following simple but important actions people can take in the kitchen to keep themselves and those around them safe.

— Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.

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— If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly. Remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.

— You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.

— Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.

— Have a kid-free zone of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

Fire prevention information and tips can be found online at www.chilliwack.com/fire

The Chilliwack Fire Department will have fire trucks and firefighters on scene at this weekend’s drive-thru Safety Fair at Home Depot, taking place Saturday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.


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