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An NFPA employee sent along this article out of her hometown, Ridgefield, Connecticut. It is a great reminder of the importance of cooking safety - and a great reminder about our 2013 FPW theme - "Prevent Kitchen Fires."

Unattended cooking led to a fire Monday evening that has displaced a family in Ridgefield. A 13-year-old girl called the fire department, reporting a blaze in the kitchen at her home. She and her younger brother and their babysitter had just returned to the house.

A general alarm was sounded, bringing all on-duty and available off-duty firefighters, and all volunteers to the scene.

“The fire was knocked down within 15 minutes,” Fire Chief Heather Burford said Tuesday morning. “Fire damage was limited to the kitchen, with some smoke damage elsewhere in the home and limited water damage. The home did have working smoke detectors.”

Fire Marshal David Lathrop has ruled the fire as accidental as a result of unattended cooking. The chief said that the fire was a reminder about “the importance of not leaving cooking of any sort unattended. In our busy worlds, it is too easy to become distracted once we have walked out if the kitchen.

“Stay with your food while you are cooking — kitchen fires continue to be the number-one fire in residential structures.”

For more cooking safety tips, please visit our FPW website


Start getting ready for Fire Prevention Week in October. Parents, teachers and the fire service will find great printables and activities on Sparky's Fire Prevention Week kid's page.

 Print out our Kids in the Kitchen sheet for suggestions by age group. Do you like helping out in the kitchen and cooking up  tasty snacks for your friends and family? Cooking can be lots of fun,  but it's important that kids know how to be safe in the kitchen. These  tips can help you figure out what you're old enough to do on your own --  and when it's time to ask an adult for help.

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