The University of Regina is hoping to reduce the number of cooking related fires in Regina by releasing a bit more information into the circumstances that cause them.

Over the span of a year, the U of R studied more than 800 cooking related fires in the Queen City, the results of that study were released on Tuesday.

In most cases, researchers found that the cook was distracted. Incidents involving seniors were usually more serious in nature.

A majority of cooking fires also happened in the North Central neighbourhood.

“Cooking is a reality. It involves heat, and whenever you have heat and you're cooking something, there is a potential and there is a risk,” said Regina and Fire Rescue Services Chief Layne Jackson. “Public education is going to be our main approach to trying to prevent fires.”

The fire department says the findings will help further develop public education programs.