October 8th to 14th marks Fire Prevention Week, recognized by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The theme for this year’s campaign is “Cooking Safety Starts with You,” aiming to educate everyone about the crucial steps we can take to safeguard ourselves and our loved ones from home fires. Modern homes are more susceptible to rapid fires than ever before, giving us as little as two minutes, or sometimes even less, to evacuate safely once the smoke alarm goes off. The key to ensuring a safe escape during a fire, hinges on early smoke alarm warnings and proper planning.
Here are some essential fire prevention techniques that every member of your household should be aware of:
- Cooking incidents were the leading cause of reported home fires, fire injuries, and the second leading cause of home fire deaths between 2015 and 2019.
- To prevent cooking-related fires, remember to stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
- If you’re simmering, baking, or roasting, stay in the kitchen, use a timer, and check the food regularly.
- Keep flammable items like paper towels, oven mitts, wooden utensils, and curtains away from your stovetop.
- Between 2015 and 2019, U.S. fire departments responded to around 7,400 home structure fires started by candles each year.
- These incidents resulted in an annual average of 90 fatalities, 670 injuries, and $291 million in direct property damage.
- To ensure candle safety, use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip over easily and place them on an uncluttered surface.
- Light candles carefully, keeping hair and loose clothing away from the flame.
- Avoid burning candles all the way down, extinguish them before they get too close to the holder or container.
- Never use candles in a home where oxygen is being used.
- Keep flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready for power outages and avoid using candles.
For more detailed information and resources, visit the NFPA’s public education page to stay informed about fire safety and prevention. Join us in learning practical tools and information to promote safety in your home or workplace, and for any other questions, feel free to contact us by phone at (248) 358-3388 or email [email protected].