Tips on how to serve up kitchen fire safety

To mark Fire Prevention Week 2020, Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal encourages all Ontarians to take action to ensure they are safe from kitchen fires at home. The theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.”  Fire Prevention Week runs from October 4 to 10 in communities across the province.

Simple steps to stay safe in the kitchen include: always stay in the kitchen when cooking and turn the stove completely off if you must leave; keep a proper fitting lid near the stove. If a pot of oil catches fire, slide the lid over the pot and turn off the stove. Do not move the pot. Never throw water on a burning pot; keep anything that burns – plastic utensils, dishcloths, paper towels – a safe distance from the stove; cook responsibly. To prevent cooking fires, you must be alert. You are not alert if you have consumed alcohol or drugs; wear tight-fitted clothing or roll up your sleeves when using the stove. Loose, dangling clothing can easily catch fire; keep young kids one metre away from the stove. Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge so pots can’t easily be knocked off; if you burn yourself while cooking, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes. If the burn is severe, seek medical attention. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in Ontario.

Cooking is the second leading cause of fatal home fires in Ontario. Learn more about what to do to prevent cooking fires at this link www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/FireMarshal A key focus of the Fire Prevention and Education Division of Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue is on public education. The Fire Prevention officers encourage residents to explore opportunities to educate themselves about fires and fire prevention. To find out more about upcoming public education training opportunities contact the Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue Administration Office by email or telephone at: 613-476-2345 or email fire@pecounty.on.ca

Grocery, Pharmacy & library book pick up & delivery program

Free pick-up and delivery of groceries, medicines, library books and other essentials is available from Community Care.  With support from the United Way the agency established a free delivery program to support seniors who make the choice to reduce their time in stores or to self-isolate at home.  We can also help with placing grocery orders online or by email. To make arrangements, call Community Care at 613-476-7493.

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes