Prevent Kitchen Fires is key message this Fire Prevention WeekThursday, October 03, 2013 by: Kate AdamsNorth Bay Fire & Emergency Services
It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 North Bay Fire & Emergency Services is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During this year's fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires--most of which result from unattended cooking—and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.
According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.
"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Sheri Korn, Fire Prevention Officer. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start.
Here are some safety tips to prevent a kitchen fire from occurring:
• 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.
• Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove when cooking.
To celebrate Fire Prevention Week, we hope you join us at Fire Station 1 on Princess St., Saturday October 5th, from 11:00 – 2:00 for our annual Open House and Charity BBQ.
Carbon monoxide alarms will be given away in exchange for a donation for the North Bay Food Bank, courtesy of the Hawkins/Gignac Foundation.
Also, the I-Dent-a-Kid Program, Shrine Klowns and more … We look forward to seeing you there!
Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.