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Renfrew Fire Department Shares Cooking Safety Tips for Fire Prevention Week

Posted On: Wednesday, October 4, 2023

 Renfrew Fire Department Shares Cooking Safety Tips for Fire Prevention Week
Renfrew Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Services Michael Guest says, “It’s important that everyone keeps cooking safety a top priority, not just during Fire Prevention Week, but all year round.”

(Renfrew, Ontario) – The Renfrew Fire Department is highlighting the importance of cooking safety during Fire Prevention Week. The annual Fire Prevention Week safety campaign runs from October 8th to 14th, 2023, and this year the theme is, “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to Fire Prevention.”

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) says cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries with unattended cooking the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths.

The Renfrew Fire Department and NFPA are sharing some cooking safety tips.

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol/drugs, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen wile you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains – away from your stovetop.

Chief Guest adds, “Everyone should have a fire escape plan at home in case of an emergency and remember to check batteries and expiry dates on smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re working properly.”

The Renfrew Fire Department is also launching a colouring contest during Fire Prevention Week. The colouring contest will be open to all ages with copies available to be picked up from the Renfrew Public Library or Renfrew Fire Hall. You can also download a copy of the colouring page on the Town of Renfrew website. Completed copies of the colouring page are to be returned to the Renfrew Fire Hall, 152 Plaunt Street South, by October 30th, 2023, or can be emailed to

Be sure to follow the new Facebook page for the Renfrew Fire Department for safety tips, important updates, and ways to keep you and your family safe.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a global nonprofit organization established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property, and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. You can learn more about Fire Prevention Week from the NFPA online at:


For more information please contact:

Lindsay Tinney

Administrative Assistant

Town of Renfrew

613-432-8166 ext. 302

Download the colouring page here.

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