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Fire prevention week

October 4-10, 2020

Each year, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to more than 1,800 fires in Winnipeg. Taking steps to prevent fires in your home can be the difference between a relaxing night in and a call to 911.

Serve up fire safety in the kitchen

Many fires start in the kitchen while someone is cooking. Accidents happen, but if you’re mindful of these safety tips, you can avoid a fire in your home.


  • Stand by your pan: stay within arm's reach of the stove when you’re cooking and never leave the room. If you have to leave the room, turn off the element.
  • If you're baking or roasting something, check on it often and set a timer to remind yourself to check on your oven.
  • Wear tight-fitting clothing when cooking and keep all flammable items away from the oven, including oven mitts, trivets, dish towels, and curtains.
  • Keep children and pets one (1) meter away from the oven when it's on.
  • If you see a flame in your pan, slide a lid over the top of the pan and turn the element off. Never try to extinguish a grease fire with water.
  • If you see flames in your oven, keep the oven door closed and turn the oven off.
  • If there's a fire in your kitchen that you cannot immediately and safely extinguish, get out of your home, stay out, and call 911.
  • Seconds count in an emergency, so remember to have a home escape plan and practice it often with your family.
  • Be sure to have smoke alarms in your home and test them monthly.

Talk to a WFPS member

Members of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) will be at the following retail locations to answer questions about smoke alarms and fire prevention tips for your home:

October 7, 2020
1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m
Canadian Tire
157 Vermillion Road

October 8, 2020
1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m
Canadian Tire
750 St. James Street

Resources for teachers and parents

Fire Prevention Week is a great opportunity to teach children lifesaving information about fire safety. Whether it’s practicing fire drills in school or at home or taking some time in the kitchen to point out potential hazards, you can make sure the children in your life are prepared. Some fire drill procedures may have to change to work within COVID-19 precautions.

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