Fire Prevention Week brings awareness to fire risks, striving to educate citizens about fire prevention including how to safely escape their home or building in the event of a fire.

Since 1992, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services has observed this week of awareness since 1931. 

2020 Fire Prevention Week

This year, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services reminds Edmontonians that "a safe kitchen is a prepared kitchen."

Most destructive fires start in the kitchen when cooking is left unattended. A significant number of these fires are the result of overheated cooking oil in deep fat fryers or pans heated directly on kitchen stoves. Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. 

Between 2018 and 2019, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services responded to 153 fires caused by overheated cooking oil. This resulted in more that $4.6 million in property damage.

A Safe Kitchen is a Prepared Kitchen

Grease fire? Say no to H20

Use a lid instead.

  • Do not pour water onto a grease fire
  • Wearing an oven mitt, use the pot lid like a shield and slide it over the top of the pot. If you do not have a pot lid, a cookie sheet can be used instead.
  • Turn off the heat
  • Do not move the pan and do not remove the lid or cover until the fire is completely out and the contents have had time to cool (at least 15 minutes)

If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire, evacuate the area. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Once you are safely outside, call 9-1-1 for help.

TIP: Keep a fire extinguisher within easy reach.

Learn more about how to Cook with Care.

Keep your eyes on the fries

Never leave cooking food unattended.

Stove top cooking oil fire? 

  • Turn off the heat and exhaust fan
  • Put a lid on the pot/pan to smother the fire
  • Never try to carry a pot/pan of burning oil outside
  • Never throw water onto a cooking oil fire
  • Do not pour burning oil down the sink

If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire, evacuate the area. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Once you are safely outside, call 9-1-1 for help.

TIP: Keep a fire extinguisher within easy reach.

Learn more about how to Cook with Care.

Know the drill when you grill

Never leave cooking food unattended.

  • Never leave a lit grill unattended and never move a lit barbecue
  • Place the BBQ at least 3 feet away from the home, deck railings and out from under eavestroughs and overhanging branches 
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grilling area
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in the trays below
  • When lighting your barbecue, have the match or lighter already burning with the barbecue lid open before you turn on the propane
  • Only use propane and charcoal BBQs outdoors

Did you know? Grilling in the garage with the door open does not allow for enough ventilation and could cause an accumulation of carbon monoxide. 

Learn more safety tips on Charcoal BBQs vs. Gas/Propane BBQs.

How You Can Help

Learn the Recipe for a Fire-Safe Kitchen

Do you know the recipe for fire safety? Take a peek at Edmonton Fire Rescue Services' Recipe for Home Fire Safety. Download it, print it off, and place it on the fridge for the whole family.

Ordering take-out? You may find one of the recipe cards accompanying your meal! Edmonton Fire Rescue Services has partnered with several restaurants this year to get the word out about Fire Prevention Week and home fire safety.

Partnering Restaurants:

Boston Pizza - 10620 Jasper Ave
Cactus Club - 11130 Jasper Ave
McDonald's - 11660 104 Ave
McDonald's - 8132 112 Ave
Original Joe's - 12520 102 Ave
Pub 1905 - 10525 Jasper Ave

Reuse Disposable Coffee Cups

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services has also partnered with local coffee shops to encourage citizens to take their coffee cups home and reuse them to collect cooking grease. Once the cup is full of solidified grease, dispose of the cup in the garbage. Never pour cooking grease down drains.

Partnering Coffee Shops:

Coffee Bureau
Dirtbag Cafe
Good Earth Coffeehouse
Little Brick
Lock Stock Coffee
Rogue Wave Coffee

How to Safely Cook with Oil and Grease

Between 2018 and 2019, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services responded to 153 fires caused by overheated cooking oil or grease. These fires were almost always caused by appliances being left unattended while in use. Learn how to safely put out one of these fires!

How to Make an Escape Plan

Seconds are critical during a fire! There is no time to stop and think about an escape route, so knowing what to do before a fire occurs can save your life. Making an escape plan and practicing it with your family is an essential part of fire safety.