This is Fire Prevention Week.  It's so the kids can learn about fire prevention and what to do in the event of a fire.  Right?  Listen to this.

Cooking-related fires top the list of unintentional residential fires.  With that in mind, the Regina Fire Department teamed up with the University of Regina to find ways to reverse that trend.

The evidence-based research includes things like risk and behaviour stemming from 884 residential cooking fires over two years.  

Interesting to note, overseas-born newcomers had a "relative incidence risk 1.8 times that of the Canadian-born population."

They also found most cooking incidents "occurred because the cook was distracted while preparing the meal" and that "serious cooking incidents were considerably more likely to occur when the resident left home while cooking, fell asleep or was impaired by alcohol or drugs."

It's also interesting to note, almost half of those who tried to intervene to stop the fire from spreading "engaged in behaviours that were unsafe or inappropriate".

Fire Prevention Week.  It's for the kids, right?

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