With Fire Prevention Week underway, Port Coquitlam firefighters are turning their attention to the kitchen.
According to deputy fire chief Randy Minaker, kitchen fires are very common, and because of that, Port Coquitlam-based first responders are making a point to reinforce household safety tips during Fire Prevention Week, which runs from Oct. 6 to 12.
"We have so many distractions in our day-to-day lives and we try to multi-task, but what ends up happening in most of the cases that we see is pots get left on the stove unattended, or someone gets preoccupied, and that's how things start in fire," Minaker said.
Minaker is reminding residents to always stay in the kitchen while cooking; turn pot handles inward; keep flammable items away from the stove and always be alert.
He also notes that people cooking with canola or other plant-based oils need to be extra mindful in the kitchen.
"Traditionally, if you're used to cooking with animal fat products and you make the switch to canola or plant-based oil, you'll find that it gets a lot hotter and will catch on fire quicker," Minaker said.
PoCo firefighters are also reminding residents to ensure that their smoke alarms are in proper working order, and that there is one situated on every floor within a home. Batteries should be checked monthly and changed every six months, while the alarms
should be replaced every decade.
Alarms more than 10 years old can be recycled at the Biggar Bottle Depot, located at 2577 Kingsway Ave. in Port Coquitlam.
For more information, see www.portcoquitlam.ca/fire.
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