Pittsboro, NC – Chatham and Orange County Fire Safety agencies are teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, 2020. 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 and 66% of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
“Most fires related to cooking are a result of unattended items,” said Chatham County Fire Marshal Billy Judson. “Sometimes dinner time can be pretty hectic, but I encourage you to stay in the kitchen while cooking, use a timer to remind you, and avoid distractions. These are the most effective ways to prevent cooking fires or injury.”
Here are a few tips on fire safety in the kitchen:
- Never leave cooking food unattended and check food regularly.
- Don’t cook while sleepy or having taken medicine or drugs that make you drowsy.
- Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you are cooking.
- If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame and leave it there until it has completely cooled.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove/hot areas.
Chatham and Orange County Fire Safety Partners and NFPA have lots of free resources available to children, families, and educators, including:
- Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen! flyer and press release.
- NC Fire Prevention Week virtual scavenger hunt for elementary school students.
- How to make a home fire escape plan.
- Chapel Hill Fire Department’s virtual fire house.
- A fire safety video from UNC Chapel Hill football players and Coach Mack Brown.
- UNC Trauma Talk podcast with Orange County Fire Marshal Jason Shepherd- audio and video versions available.
Learn more about Fire Prevention Week and fire safety in the kitchen at www.fpw.org.