4 cooking-related fires this week in Oshawa have prompted a warning from the city’s fire officials. Officials say cooking was the direct cause of this week’s incidents, which resulted in extensive damage and 2 residents with first and 2nd degree burns. Residents are reminded that unattended cooking, even for a moment, can have drastic results. Exercise safe cooking practices at all times and follow these safety tips to help prevent a fire in your home:
1. Stay in the kitchen when cooking – especially if using oil or high temperatures.
2. Keep a proper-fitting pot lid near the stove when cooking – if a pot catches fire, slide the lid over the pot or pan and turn off the stove. Do not move the pot or pan.
3. Keep combustibles such as cooking utensils, dishcloths, paper towels and pot holders a safe distance from the stove.
4. Keep children away from the stove. Make sure electrical cords are not dangling from countertops, where they could be pulled over by small children.
5. Cool a burn by running cool water over the wound for three to five minutes. If the burn is severe, seek medical attention.
For more information, contact Oshawa Fire Services Fire Prevention Division at 905-433-1236 or visit www.oshawa.ca/fire.