NFPA offers tools, tips, and resources for Fire Prevention Week in a campaign to prevent kitchen fires

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Aug 26, 2013


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NFPA’s 2013 Fire Prevention
will be held October 6-12. This year, we are encouraging the public to
prevent kitchen fires. The kitchen is the leading area of origin for home
fires, with nearly 3,000 reported daily in the United States.

The  [Fire Prevention Week website | http://www.fpw.org/] as always , is a
central portal of information and resources to help families, teachers,
community leaders, and fire officials spread the word about fire safety.

The site includes fire safety tip sheets, fire statistics, a
family safety checklist, Sparky the Fire Dog activities for kids and public
service announcement videos. Videos on the site include "Sparky’s
Kitchen Rules
," a fire safety song for kids, and safety
tips from Sparky’s Aunt Dottie


Visitors can also test their knowledge of fire safety with the Fire Prevention Week Quiz, a fun, interactive resource that lets families see how well-prepared they are for an emergency.

NFPA will also be continuing the Sparky’s Wish List
, a program designed to help fire departments connect with their
local communities. Fire departments across the country have registered for
public safety education materials they need. Individuals can then help their
local fire department prepare for Fire Prevention Week by fulfilling the

NFPA offers these important fire safety tips:

    • Be
      alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or

    • Keep
      an eye on what you fry! Stay in the kitchen while you are frying,
      grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short
      period of 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 are cooking. 

    • Keep
      anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, food
      packaging, towels or curtains – away from your stovetop.

    • Have a
      "kid-free zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas
      where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.


For more information on Fire Prevention Week, visit the official site ; or check out the official
news release