Guelph Fire emphasizes safe cooking during Fire Prevention Week

Guelph, On, October 8, 2013 – Unattended cooking is the number one cause of residential fires in Ontario and according to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.

That’s why Guelph’s fire department is teaming up with the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario during national Fire Prevention Week, October 6 to 12, to promote safe cooking.

“As we approach seasonal holidays, it’s a good time to reinforce fire safety in the kitchen and remind residents of the potential dangers associated with cooking and how to prevent fires from starting in the first place. We can keep our community safe when we all take responsibility for preventing fires by never leaving cooking unattended,” says Guelph Fire Chief Shawn Armstrong.

Between Wednesday, October 9 and Friday, October 11, from 4 and 5 p.m. each day, Guelph Fire Department personnel will be out at three LCBO locations in the city handing out cooking safety brochures called the ‘Perfect Meal’ to customers.

LCBO locations and dates

995 Paisley Road
Wednesday, October 9

50 Clair Road East
Thursday, October 10

615 Scottsdale Drive
Friday, October 11

To prevent kitchen fires, Guelph Fire recommends the following tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen and pay attention when cooking
  • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove
  • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible
  • Wear tight fitting or rolled up sleeves when using the stove
  • Keep a proper fitting lid near the stove. If a pot catches fire, slide the lid over the pot and turn off the stove
  • Never attempt to move a burning pot
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stove tops
  • Drink responsibly when cooking

Visit for more fire safety information or to learn more about this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires’ visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website at

For more information

John Osborne
Deputy Fire Chief
Emergency Services
519-824-6590 extension 2140