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Castle Rock Fire and Rescue is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen! Oct. 4-10.
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. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”
“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” said Fire Chief Norris Croom III. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires and cooking accidents that could easily have been prevented.”
Safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.
• Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
• If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
• You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
• Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
• Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
This year, during Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-10, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue invites families to participate in the CRFD Fire Safety @ Home Contest! Simply take a photo of how your family “serves up fire safety in the kitchen” and beyond. Then, go to CRgov.com/FirePrevention to upload your family’s photo and fill out the contest entry form. All entries must be received before 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11. The grand prize for the contest will have dinner delivered to your home in a CRFD firetruck!
On Monday, October 12th, one winner will be randomly drawn from families who have successfully submitted a photo and brief description. The winner will be announced on Facebook directly after the drawing.For full contest rules go to CRgov.com/FirePreventionWeek.
The National Fire Protection Association annually honors Fire Prevention Week near Oct. 9, which is the anniversary of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire. That fire killed about 300 people and left more than 100,000 residents homeless, so the Fire Marshal Association started the commemorative week to prevent future fires.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities, go to CRgov.org/FirePreventionWeek.