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LeekQuiche_jpg_rend_sni5col_landscapeIf the people at the television food programs have their way, you’ll be spending time this week watching the television chefs whip up all kinds of meals for the Memorial Day Weekend with new twists on toppings, main ingredients, and cooking methods, then trying to recreate the dishes in your own kitchen. But before you line up the measuring spoons and pull out the pots. pans, and baking dishes, it’s a good idea to review cooking safety.  Cooking is, and has long been, the leading cause of home structure fires and home injuries.

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • 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.
  • If something does catch fire on the stove, just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.

You can review NFPA’s cooking safety information and cooking safety tip sheet on the web site and sign up for Safety Source, the monthly newsletter chock full of tips for staying safe.

We have just released an updated Learn Not to Burn® (LNTB) Preschool Program, which was created to address young children’s increased risk to home fire fatalities.

Learn Not to Burn preschool coverThe Learn Not to Burn series has served as a pillar of NFPA educational programs for more than 40 years.The revised preschool curriculum features five lessons, which include new and original content:

  • Firefighters are community helpers
  • When you hear a smoke alarm, get outside and stay outside
  • Practice a fire drill with your family
  • Stay away from hot things
  • Tell an adult if you see matches or lighters

All of the program’s behaviors and strategies are guided by research addressing fire and life safety messaging for young children. This includes the use of positively-framed messages, age-appropriate learning activities, and encouragement of family involvement.

The program targets children ages 3-5, but it’s also appropriate for the Kindergarten level, with elements that support successful learning up through grades one and two. The updated program integrates literacy, movement, music and dramatic play; each lesson taps into young children’s varied learning styles to reinforce specific safety concepts.

NFPA encourages fire safety educators and teachers to use the Learn Not to Burn Preschool Program as part of their annual curriculum. The complete program can be downloaded online at no cost.

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