This is why are home fires up by 20%-25% since COVID
The 2020 Fire Prevention Week™ campaign theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™
The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —is promoting this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
Home fires are up by 20%-25%
While this is a startling statistic, it’s due to more people staying at home, cooking at home, etc., what a great opportunity it is to teach your family and your kids about fire safety.
44% of Home Fires Start in the Kitchen
According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”
The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” A cooking fire can grow quickly. Many homes have been damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.
Following are some easy safety tips
- Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
- You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
- Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
It’s likely that your local Fire Department is hosting events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week. Contact your local Fire Department to find out more about Fire Prevention Week the the programs and activities in your area. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit www.fpw.org.
Find the below checklist along with other great resources HERE.