Fire Prevention Week Oct 4-10: Serve Up Safety in the Kitchen Focus on the food! Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Furthermore, unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home. The latest data available from the NFPA reports that fire departments responded to more than 173,200 kitchen fires between 2013 and 2017. Approximately one third of kitchen fires result from unattended cooking. To curb potential dangers in the kitchen, this year’s National Fire Prevention Association Week reminds you about simple but important actions you can take to keep everyone safe in the kitchen. The NFPA encourages you to “Serve Up Safety in the Kitchen.”

Here are steps you can take toward kitchen fire safety:

  • Set a timer to remind you that you are cooking – whether it’s on the stove or in the oven.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.
  • Put a lid on it! Be ready to extinguish a small grease fire by keeping a pot lid nearby.
  • Keep kids at least 3 feet away from hot things in the kitchen.
  • Maintain a clutter free cooking area, moving anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from the stove top.