Did you know that in Gatineau 73% of fires occur in homes, and 20% of these break out on stoves? That would be the equivalent of one kitchen fire a week!
Prevention and education start at home. For instance, approved deep-fryers are strongly recommended for that kind of cooking.
If a kitchen fire breaks out, you should:
- use oven mitts to make sure you don't burn yourself and, if possible, place the lid on the pot to put out the fire;
- carefully move the pot to the centre of the stove;
- turn off all elements and the range hood; and
- call 9-1-1, even if you think that the fire is out.
- move a pot if its contents are burning; or
- throw water on a pot that contains oil that has caught fire.
If the fire cannot be brought under control:
- vacate the premises using the nearest exit;
- activate the manual alarm if you are in a building that has a fire alarm system;
- go to the nearest gathering place outside the building; and
- call 9-1-1.
Warning: some of the scenes in the following videos may be disturbing.
Testimony (in French only)
Safety tips (in French only)