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Fire Prevention Week (October 4th-10th) serves as an opportunity to talk in the classroom and at home about fire safety. The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week — is partnering with schools and local communities to promote this year’s theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”
Below are a few safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire:
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in your town or city, please contact your local Fire Department. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit www.fpw.org.