The Columbia-Richland Fire Department will be joining agencies throughout the U.S. in asking citizens to be more attentive and alert in their kitchens as National Fire Prevention Week 2020 kicks off the week of October 4, 2020.
The theme for this year’s prevention week (October 4-October 10) is ‘Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen’ – highlighting the risk of home fires that can happen while cooking.
“This theme REALLY is important in light of the situation we find ourselves in due to the pandemic,” said Columbia-Richland Fire Chief Aubrey. D. Jenkins, “With many people spending more time at home and cooking more meals at home there comes a greater risk of something going wrong in the kitchen. This unfortunately can sometimes lead to major injuries and extensive property damage if a fire breaks out.”
Each year cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries according to the National Fire Prevention Association. In a majority of cases accidents while frying food caused major cooking fires.
To keep you and your family safe and protect your property from the threat of fire — we encourage you to follow these guidelines:
- Have an adult or responsible person cook for children while you are away from home. This could by a babysitter, older sibling, neighbor, etc.
- To prevent children from cooking, have prepared meals at home for them during this time.
- Whenever possible, have your child use a microwave to heat food rather than use the stove.
- KEEP aluminum foil out of the microwave and plastics out of the oven.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
- Leave a safety area of at least 3 feet around the stove while hot items are being prepared. This will help prevent young children from suffering burns.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids.
- Keep a Class A-B-C Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher close to your stove in the event you have a grease fire.
- IF A GREASE FIRE BREAKS OUT DO NOT USE WATER TO EXTINGUISH IT! Smother the flames with a lid cover and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. If the grease fire is in the oven, close the door and turn the oven off.
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms and CO alarm(s) in your home.
- Have an escape plan for your home and practice it with your family.
Stay safe in the kitchen everyone!