Fire Prevention Week

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Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in Canada. The majority of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Most home fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

The Whitehorse Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years – to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign: Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen! The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, 2020.

Data from Statistics Canada show that the number of structure fires declined by 26% between 2005 and 2014. However, residential fires consistently accounted for roughly 6 of every 10 structural fires during that period. According to StatsCan, cooking equipment and smokers’ material caused approximately 6 of every 10 residential fires.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.