Today marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week! This year’s campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” works to educate everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen.
Did you know?
Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen and Thanksgiving is the leading day for fires involving cooking equipment.
In order to keep you and your family safe while cooking, stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home. Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it’s cool. Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop. Loose clothing can hang down onto stove burners and catch fire. Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Lastly, have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
For more information about this year’s Fire Prevention Week, see the flyers and images below and visit the NPFA’s Fire Prevention Week website by clicking HERE.