October 6th through 12th marks this year’s Fire Prevention Week! Since 1917, Fire Prevention Week has been a time to draw attention to potential fire hazards and fire prevention tools. This year’s theme focuses on a very important safety topic: “Prevent Kitchen Fires”. The kitchen is the only place in the home that we use open flame and direct heat. It is important that we take the proper precautions to ensure our kitchen, cooking equipment, and food preparation practices do not lead to a potential fire hazard.
Here are five simple ways to protect your home and family from kitchen fires:
- Take care of your cooking equipment. Oil residue and leftover crumbs can present a potential fire hazard. Make sure that all electrical appliances are properly cared and maintenance as needed. Wipe up oil spills on your stove; grease build up is flammable.
- Install a smoke detector near the kitchen and check it monthly.
- Pull back your hair and roll up your sleeves while cooking. This may seem like an unimportant step to cooking, but properly preparing to be around heat or open flames is crucial!
- Never leave cooking unattended. Turn off the heat source and remove pans from burners if you need to leave the house or are distracted. Unattended cooking is a leading cause of kitchen fires.
- Keep children and pets at least 3 feet from the stove at all times. Make sure to turn pot handles in toward the stove.
For more information on Fire Prevention Week, visit http://www.firepreventionweek.org.