Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States, accounting for just under half (49%) of all home fires. And, unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Fire Prevention Week is from Oct. 8 to Oct. 14. This year’s campaign, “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention” is designed to inform everyone about simple but important actions they can take when cooking to keep themselves and those around them safe.
Castle Rock Fire and Rescue, in partnership with the NFPA, offers these key safety tips to help reduce the risk of a cooking fire:
- 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 around the stove or grill and anywhere else hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
Throughout the week, follow CRFD’s Facebook page for more tips, or visit CRgov.com/FirePrevention for Fire Prevention Week activities and more information.
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