Fire Prevention Week provides a great opportunity to remind communities about the importance of fire prevention at home. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen,” reinforces critical home fire safety messages, as cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries. But the cooking safety messages around Fire Prevention Week apply far beyond the campaign. NFPA’s Fire Prevention Happens All Year Long tip sheet is full of guidelines and recommendations for practicing fire safety in the kitchen any time or season.
Following are key cooking safety messages included in the resource:
- Be on alert! Don’t use the stove or stovetop if you’re sleepy or have had alcohol.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen 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.
For more information and resources on cooking safety, visit our Fire Prevention Week website.