Fire Prevention Week
October 8-14, 2006
“Prevent Cooking Fires-Watch What You Heat”
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Three in ten reported fires start in the kitchen – more than any other place in the home. Most kitchen fires occur because cooking is left unattended on the stove. To prevent kitchen fires, follow these simple life-saving tips.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
- If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
- If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
- When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
- Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
- Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. This is the 85th year that fire departments have observed Fire Prevention Week, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
For more information on fire prevention week: http://www.firepreventionweek.org/