The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2013 Fire Prevention Week held October 6-12 will focus on preventing kitchen fires. Cooking is the top cause of home fires and home fire injuries, so the NFPA will use this year’s fire prevention week to promote safe kitchen habits with stoves, microwaves and other appliances. Remaining attentive while cooking and managing how close children and pets are to anything hot will help keep families safe.
The 2013 Fire Prevention Week campaign materials feature Sparky the Fire Dog, NFPA’s mascot. Sparky’s Wish Listis an online registry where fire departments request much needed educational materials and individuals or businesses purchase items for them. Nearly 700 fire departments have registered, accordingo to the NFPA.
NFPA is providing important kitchen safety tips to homeowners that align with the Fire Prevention Week theme:
- When you fry, grill, or broil food, stay in the kitchen.
- Maintain a kid- and pet-free zone at least 3 feet away from the stove.
- Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge.
- Keep a lid and oven mitt nearby when you’re cooking to use in case of a grease fire. If you have a grease fire, slide a lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
Visit www.firepreventionweek.org for more information and safety tips.