Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week October 8-14, 2023

“Cooking safety starts with” (NFPA)


The purpose of Fire Prevention week is to raise fire safety awareness, and help ensure your home and family has a plan and is ready for the unexpected.

This year’s campaign is “Cooking safety starts with you”. Fire Chief Patrick Shoebottom encourages all residents to embrace the 2023 campaign.  “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.” Says Chief Shoebottom.

Here are a few tips to help you stay safe in your everyday life:

  • Turn Pot handles toward the back of the stove.
  • Always keep a lid nearby when cooking, if a small grease fire starts slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.
  • Watch what you heat, set reminders or better yet stay in the kitchen while you are cooking.
  • Try to keep a one-meter kid free zone around your stove.

Please read and follow these safe coking sheets to ensure your home is safe. Electrical Cooking Appliance Safety and Cooking safety tip sheet.

If you have new cooks in your home please take the time to teach them the safe way to cook to ensure their safety while cooking


Thank you

Patrick Shoebottom

McDougall Fire Chief