Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention.
The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association- the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 100 years- to promote this year's FPW campaign.
According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires and deaths.
This year's FPW campaign, "Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention," works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from cooking fires.
Here's a few key tips to keep in mind:
Watch what you heat. Always keep a close eye on what you are cooking. Set a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.
Have a “kid- and pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove or grill and anywhere else hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
To help Castle Rock students engage with Fire Prevention Week, CRFD is hosting its annual fire safety coloring contest. This event encourages kids to partner with CRFD in a fun and creative way.
Winners will receive a presentation by CRFD at their school, including an ice cream party for their entire class. Winning entries will also be made into a decal placed on the side of a fire truck where it will ride throughout the entire year.
The contest is open to 3rd through 6th graders. To enter, have your student speak to their elementary school teacher, or email us.