City reminds residents about fire safety in the kitchen

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Burn Awareness Week, observed the first full week in February, is a week devoted to burn awareness and prevention in communities. Leduc Fire Services invites you to join us during the week of Feb. 6 to 12, 2022 to share awareness with your community on this year’s theme, Burning Issues in the Kitchen!

Did you know?

  • Burns remain the third leading cause of unintentional injury in the home.  Approximately 45,000 burn injuries occur in Canada each year, with about 2000 patients requiring hospitalization.
  • From 2010 to 2014, an average of 110 Canadians died yearly from burns suffered in a fire and ten times that many people were hospitalized from fire-related injury yearly in the same time period. - Source: Statistics Canada.

For more in depth information, the links to all of the articles and activities we will cover this week can easily be found here:
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
American Burn Association
Edmonton Firefighters Burn Treatment Society


A scald injury can happen at any age. Children, older adults and people with disabilities are especially at risk. Hot liquids from bath water, hot coffee and even microwaved soup can cause devastating injuries. Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries.

Did you know?

  • Prepackaged microwavable soups are a frequent cause of scald burn injuries (especially noodle soups) because they can easily tip over, pouring hot liquid (and noodles) on the person.
  • Treat a burn right away. Cool the burn with cool water for 3–5 minutes. Cover with a clean, dry cloth.
  • Get medical help if needed.

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Watch your stove

Cooking brings family and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity and can be relaxing.

Did you know?

  • The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking
  • Most cooking fires in the home involve the kitchen stove.

Learn more about how to cook with caution, what to do with a small (grease) cooking fire, as well as cooking safety for all:

Keep children safe in the kitchen

Have a kid-free zone of at least three feet (one metre) around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

Safety tips:

  • Stay at least 3 feet from the stove.
  • A grown-up should decide when you are old enough to use a microwave oven.
  • Stay away from things that get hot.
  • Remind grown-ups to keep things that can burn away from the stovetop.

Learn more about keeping kids safe in the kitchen:
Kitchen safety
Splatter safety
Kids in the kitchen activity
Recipes for cooking with kids

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Stay alert

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shares important tips and information to help guide you for safe practices when working in the kitchen. To learn more, visit their website.

Learn more about how to stay alert: