Fire Prevention Week

What is it?


October 4-10th, 2020

As Fire Prevention Week approaches, the Office of the Fire Marshal reminds residents to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” That is the message fire and life safety educators in the Northwest Territories will be promoting during Fire Prevention Week 2020.

Unattended cooking is one of the leading causes of home fires and injuries.  The focus of this year’s campaign is to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. 

Below are some safety tips to prevent cooking fires:

  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
  • It is important to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.


Resources for Schools, Parents and Caregivers

  • Family Cooking Safety Checklist (English) (French) *
  • Kids Colouring Page - “Stay Away From Hot Things” (English) (French) *
  • Home Safety Tip Sheet - “Be Fire-Safe in the Kitchen” (English)*


Resources for Fire Departments



* Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website. © 2020 NFPA.