NORTH LIBERTY– It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from Oct. 6 to 12, the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD)would like to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters from North Liberty will be visiting the local elementary schools talking to over 2,000 students about the dangers of kitchen fires and how to prevent them.
According to the latest National Fire Prevention Association research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.
"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said NLFD Captain Chris Kochanny. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. Fire Prevention Week will help us teach kids about the dangers of kitchen fires so they can go home and share with their families."
Among the safety tips that firefighters will be emphasizing:
· Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
· If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
· When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
· If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
· When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
· Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
· Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
For more information visit nlfire.org.