In Québec, nearly 20% of house fires start in the kitchen.
Source: Ministère de la Sécurité Publique, Fire safety in Québec, 2007.
In 2013, there were 11 fatal residential fires in the Montréal agglomeration. Four of these fires were caused by an unattended cooking appliance. The numbers speak for themselves.
Use safety precautions when cooking to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Never store anything in the oven or on top of the stove.
- Keep children away from the stove.
- Always have a lid close at hand. If it's not the lid of the pot, make sure it covers the pot completely.
- Turn the handles of pots towards the inside of the stove, out of the reach of children.
- When preparing meals, wear clothing with short sleeves. Wide sleeves can easily brush against a stove eye and catch fire quickly.
- Use a stove eye whose diameter is similar to that of your pot or pan.
- If frying, use a CSA-certified fryer with a thermostat. It is also recommended that you follow the safety rules in the manufacturer's guide.
What to do if there is a cooking fire
- If a pot catches fire, do not put any type of product on it - never pour water onto oil.
- To put out a fire in a pot or skillet, place a lid on the pot and turn off the stove.
- Never move a pot or skillet that has caught fire.
- Even if you think you've put out the fire, call 911.