Preventing Kitchen Fires

LAPAZ - LaPaz-North Township Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12.

The fire department and the NFPA would like to remind local residents to 'Prevent Kitchen Fires.' For this year's fire safety campaign fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires which primarily result from unattended cooking and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.

NFPA research illustrates 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 according to the research. 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 Chief Chris Oginsky. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson."

Firefighters and safety advocates will be focusing on safety tips for Fire Prevention Week such as:

· 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.

Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country and is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.