COLLINS — During National Fire Prevention Week, from Oct. 6-12, Collins Center Fire Company is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.’
During this year’s fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires. Collins Center Fire Company’s doors will be open to the public on Oct. 9 from 7-8 p.m.
According to the latest NFPA 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 homefire-related injuries.
Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates emphasize:
– 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 3 feet 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.
Fire Prevention Week is supported by fire departments across the country and is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. Collins Center Fire Company is just one of many participating companies, across the region.