Fire Prevention

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This year's theme is:

Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen

Fire Prevention Week is a great time to discuss fire safety with your family and friends. The week is all about education and sharing information on how to stay safe from fire, and especially while you are in the kitchen.

If a fire occurred in your home or residence, would your smoke alarms work?

Would you and your family get out safely?

Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in Markham? Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires and fire-related injuries.


Watch this Serving Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen video with Public Education Officer Alex Freeman:




Whether you are learning to cook or you are an experienced chef, the first thing to know is how to prevent a fire!

Only you can prevent cooking fires!

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food and check it regularly. Consider using a timer to remind you to check on the food. If you must leave, turn off the stove.

  • Have a kid-free zone, or at least 3 feet (1 metre) space around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried.


  • Keep anything that burns - cooking utensils, dishcloths, paper towels and pot holders a safe distance from the stove.


For more fire safety tips and downloadable resources, visit the right side bar.


Think fast!

Listen to a special message from Markham Fire and Emergency Services Captain Warlito Gallenero.

Knowing "What to do" in the event of a fire "Can Save your Life!"

If you have a cooking fire:

  • Shout "Fire" and get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.


  • Call 9-1-1.


  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and that you have a clear way out.


  • Keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the stove top. Leave it there until it is completely cooled.


  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.


  • To ensure early detection of a fire or a potential fire in your kitchen, make sure you have a working smoke alarm outside the kitchen area and on each floor level of the home. The alarm will give you the time you need to escape the fire.


Most fatal fires happen at night when people are sleeping. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound to alert you. Learn more about smoke alarms.


  • Have a fire escape plan and practice it with your family, and know two ways out; there are no second chances in a fire!


Serving Up Fire Safety in Markham’s Restaurants

Join us as we peek behind the kitchen counter in some of Markham's restaurants, and learn how local chefs and restaurant staff are creating the food you know and love, safely.

In honour of this year's Fire Prevention Week, Markham Fire and Emergency Services partnered with some of our local restaurants to help serve up fire safety in the kitchen. Discover amazing cuisines and delicious mouth-watering recipes you can serve up in your own kitchen, while cooking safely!


Click the Featured Restaurants banner to view the entire list of participating restaurants.


This year's theme is:

Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen

Fire Prevention Week is a great time to discuss fire safety with your family and friends. The week is all about education and sharing information on how to stay safe from fire, and especially while you are in the kitchen.

If a fire occurred in your home or residence, would your smoke alarms work?

Would you and your family get out safely?

Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in Markham? Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires and fire-related injuries.


Watch this Serving Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen video with Public Education Officer Alex Freeman:




Whether you are learning to cook or you are an experienced chef, the first thing to know is how to prevent a fire!

Only you can prevent cooking fires!

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food and check it regularly. Consider using a timer to remind you to check on the food. If you must leave, turn off the stove.

  • Have a kid-free zone, or at least 3 feet (1 metre) space around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried.


  • Keep anything that burns - cooking utensils, dishcloths, paper towels and pot holders a safe distance from the stove.


For more fire safety tips and downloadable resources, visit the right side bar.


Think fast!

Listen to a special message from Markham Fire and Emergency Services Captain Warlito Gallenero.

Knowing "What to do" in the event of a fire "Can Save your Life!"

If you have a cooking fire:

  • Shout "Fire" and get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.


  • Call 9-1-1.


  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and that you have a clear way out.


  • Keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the stove top. Leave it there until it is completely cooled.


  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.


  • To ensure early detection of a fire or a potential fire in your kitchen, make sure you have a working smoke alarm outside the kitchen area and on each floor level of the home. The alarm will give you the time you need to escape the fire.


Most fatal fires happen at night when people are sleeping. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and sound to alert you. Learn more about smoke alarms.


  • Have a fire escape plan and practice it with your family, and know two ways out; there are no second chances in a fire!


Serving Up Fire Safety in Markham’s Restaurants

Join us as we peek behind the kitchen counter in some of Markham's restaurants, and learn how local chefs and restaurant staff are creating the food you know and love, safely.

In honour of this year's Fire Prevention Week, Markham Fire and Emergency Services partnered with some of our local restaurants to help serve up fire safety in the kitchen. Discover amazing cuisines and delicious mouth-watering recipes you can serve up in your own kitchen, while cooking safely!


Click the Featured Restaurants banner to view the entire list of participating restaurants.


Serving Up Fire Safety in Your Kitchen Contest: Tips, Pics and Clips

Enter for your chance to win a MFES swag bag and a $25.00 restaurant gift card (to a selected Markham restaurant). Contest closes October 26

Now that you’ve learned how to be fire safe in the kitchen, we invite you to visit the Featured Restaurants section of the web page to discover and try some of the delicious recipes that have been generously supplied by our local Markham restaurants.

If you prefer to cook or bake from your own recipe, that’s fine too!

Don’t forget to remember and practice your kitchen fire safety tips – because fire safety begins with you!

Entering the contest is simple:

Entering on YourVoiceMarkham:

  • If you are not already Registered on YourVoiceMarkham, create a free YourVoiceMarkham account
  • Take a photo or a short video clip of you and/or your family cooking in the kitchen and
  • Share a kitchen fire safety tip 
  • Ready to enter? Click the "Start your story by providing a title" bar below to get started
  • Upload your photo, video and type in your kitchen fire safety tip and click "Create"
  • Have fun, be safe and good luck!


Entering on Social Media: 

  • Share a kitchen fire safety tip on Facebook or Twitter and use the hashtag #MKMFireSafety

All entrants will be automatically entered into this contest and a total of 20 winners will be selected by random draw at a later date. 

Read the Serving up Fire Safety in Your Kitchen Contest Rules

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    Fun in the kitchen with kids

    by Wendy Wong, 1 day ago

    #MKMFireSafety Always turn off stove when stepped away and don't let kids be near the stove when on or have a parent with them.


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    Check Fire Extinguisher Expiry

    by jenniflo02, 3 days ago

    Check the expiry date on your fire extinguisher and have it close to the stove

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    Don’t leave hot stove unattended

    by Carmyc, 4 days ago
    Never walk away from a pan of oil- heat can easily turn that oil into an out of control grease fire
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    Cooking with your eyes, ears and nose is the safe way to go!

    by lcb123, 7 days ago

    I always want to make sure my food looks cooked, smells great, and sounds like the simmer it should.

    That said, it's important to use those same senses for safety. Keep an eye on food even if it's staying in the oven for a long time; make sure to keep an ear out for any unsure sounds that might mean you need to attend to your food; lastly be sure to smell your area for any smoke or burning so it doesn't do any damage.

    It's a good idea to keep the fan on at least low when you are... Continue reading

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    Microwave fire Safety..

    7 days ago

    Make sure the microwave oven is at a safe height and within easy reach for all users. Rule of thumb, the microwave oven door should not be higher than your shoulders

    If you have a fire in your microwave oven leave the door closed and turn off the power!

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    Fire Blanket

    by adr, 7 days ago
    I always like having a fire blanket and fire extinguisher in kitchen areas. The blanket is a quick option for stove top fires and provides an extra layer of protection above and beyond your extinguisher in case the extinguisher has an issue. Stay Safe!
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    Emma’s kitchen safety advice

    by Emma, 9 days ago

    Emma learnt the video and provided three important rules for kitchen safety.

    1. Put the handle in

    2. Put the lid on the pan

    3. Don’t leave things near the stove