It’s Fire Prevention week in Saskatchewan and local fire officials are focusing in on kitchen blazes.
The theme for this event nationwide is: Look. Listen. Be aware- fire can happen anywhere.
Cooking and related incidents are the leading cause of fires in Regina and the country.
Regina’s Fire Chief Layne Jackson said these kinds of blazes have also caused significant financial losses.
“Between 2009 and 2015, cooking caused 39% of the city’s structure fires, with more than $8 million in damages.”
Jackson stressed the fires were preventable and offered advice on how residents can prevent them from happening in their homes. One tip was to clear the cooking area of any combustables, the other involved being present in the kitchen or cooking area.
“Even if you’re cooking toast, stay in (the kitchen) and watch the toaster,” he said. “It’s easy and we can all be tempted to leave and go do something and that’s when a fire can happen.”