Fire Prevention Week

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firePrevention2013This week coming up is National Fire Prevention Week with the theme this year of Prevent Kitchen Fires”. This time of the year is when we see the most home fires taking place for a number of reasons. New students in college dorms making careless mistakes. More cooking taking place indoors. Fireplace use goes up in the fall with increased risk.

Here are a couple of the suggestions made about preventing kitchen fires.

  • Do not walk away from anything that is cooking on the stove or the oven
  • Keep pot holders and towels away from the stove and oven while cooking
  • Do not hang flammable fabrics from the handle of the oven
  • Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

Have a safety plan and escape plan and practice it at least twice each year. Timing the drills at the same time you change the batteries in your smoke detectors would be a good reminder for all in the family about fire prevention safety. If you want to learn more about fire safety – visit your local fire department. It is a fun trip for the kids!