Weekly Media Release - Fire Department

February 6, 2018

Oak Bay Fire Department
1703 Monterey Avenue, Oak Bay B.C.
V8R 5V6 (250) 592-9121
Email:  obfire@oakbay.ca      Fax:  (250) 598-2749


News Release
Date: February 5, 2018                                                   OBFD file # 2018 - 03

For Immediate Release:

Weekly Media Release for the period of Monday, January 29, 2018 to Sunday, February 4, 2018.
Over the past week, Oak Bay Fire Department members responded to 30 calls for assistance.

These calls for assistance included:

  20 – Medical Aid
   3 – Residential / Commercial Alarm Bells
   2 – Public Assistance
   1 – Electrical Hazard
   1 – Hazardous Materials
   3 – Burning Odour

Safety messages about cooking

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.

What you should know 

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen 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.

If you have a cooking fire

  • Just 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 you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

For more information contact the Oak bay Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Division. 250-592-9121.