Fire Prevention & Education
Fire Prevention Week 2020: October 4–10
West Vancouver Fire & Rescue is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” This educational campaign focuses on the simple, but important, actions everyone can take to keep themselves and their families safe while cooking.
Most home fires start in the kitchen when food or other cooking materials catch on fire.
Cooking safety tips
- Never leave food you’re cooking unattended. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
- Check on the food regularly. Stay in your home while food is cooking and use a timer as a reminder.
- Stay alert. You won’t be alert if you’re sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or have consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
- Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Then, turn off the burner and leave the pan covered until it’s completely cool.
- Create a kid-free zone of at least one metre around the stove and areas where hot food and drink is prepared or carried.
Fire Prevention Week contest
The Fire Prevention Week poster and video contest, hosted by the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund, is open to students from kindergarten to Grade 12. The deadline to participate is October 23. Learn more about the requirements and prizes.