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 Prevention 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.
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.