October Fire Prevention: “Prevent Kitchen Fires”

Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12, 2013; so it’s time this month to get fired up about Fire Safety!  Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871; the conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

April 22, 2013 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced the 2013 Fire Prevention Week theme: “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” NFPA selected this theme to encourage greater care when cooking and an awareness of kitchen fire dangers. As cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries, NFPA will use the week of October 6-12 to promote safe kitchen habits with stoves, microwaves and other appliances. Remaining attentive while cooking and managing how close children and pets are to anything hot will help keep families safe.

“On average, firefighters respond to more than 400 kitchen fires every day” says Lorraine Carli, vice president of communications for NFPA. “By making kitchen fire safety the theme for 2013 Fire Prevention Week, we can raise the awareness of the leading cause of fires, unattended cooking, and provide lifesaving safety tips to improve the safety of everyone in the home.”

NFPA is providing important kitchen safety tips to homeowners that align with the Fire Prevention Week theme:

  • When you fry, grill, or broil food, stay in the kitchen.
  • Maintain a kid- and pet-free zone at least 3 feet away from the stove.
  • Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge.
  • Keep a lid and oven mitt nearby when you’re cooking to use in case of a grease fire. If you have a grease fire, slide a lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.

Please take time during this month to talk to your co-workers, colleagues, and families about what we can all do to prevent kitchen fires.

For more information, please visit: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week