Let's do some work to prevent kitchen fires

Blog Post created by judycomoletti Employee on Jul 29, 2013

Marietta House Fire
We sure have a lot of work to do change the behavior of people cooking on the stove top. A kitchen was destroyed in Marietta, PA from a fire that a bystander at the scene said stared on the stovetop. Fire Prevention Week is getting closer. It’s time to begin planning how you will reach to your residents with important kitchen safety messages.


  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short time, turn off the stove.
  • Be alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • If you have a cooking fire, just get outside and call 9-1-1.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby by when you’re cooking to smother a small grease fire. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.

NFPA provides everything you need for a great Fire Prevention Week. Our FPW website is designed to give you all the tools to implement a cooking safety campaign. You can also use materials from our “Keeping Your Community Cooking Safely” tool kit! You don’t’ have to wait for Fire Prevention Week to begin a kitchen fire safety campaign. NFPA has everything ready for you to use including safety tips sheets, products, statistics and learning activities for kids and families.

Let me know your plans for Fire Prevention Week. Share your best ideas!