Paul Davis is participating in National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12. This year’s fire safety campaign theme is Prevent Kitchen Fires which focuses on unattended cooking as the leading cause of home fires along with teaching homeowners how to prevent kitchen fires from starting to begin with. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
According to the latest NFPA research, two of every five home fires start in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Fires that start in the kitchen can be dangerous when left burning for only a few minutes and may result in significant damage and injuries. Visit the website at www.nfpa.org.
- 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.
- Smoke alarms should be installed in the kitchen and throughout the home; never remove or disable smoke alarms.
- Test smoke alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors.
- Have a family plan in place and conduct a home “Fire Drill” at least twice a year.
- Have a portable ladder in each second floor room.
- Check fire extinguishers for expiration and replace as needed.
- Have an updated, emergency first aid kit.