I just opened one of my “Google Alerts” this morning and it included “Family displaced following Allentown (PA) kitchen fire”, “Kitchen fire in downtown apartment building leads to second alarm (Buffalo, NY)”, "Firefighters respond to kitchen fire at McCarthy Manor Apartments (Syracuse, NY)”, and "Firefighters
deal with kitchen fire in Rough Common (Kent, England).” The common theme is kitchen fires. This intrigued me, so I looked at each article to see what was happening in the kitchen for all these fires to occur. In Allentown, PA the fire was caused by problems with electrical wires, the Buffalo, NY apartment fire is under investigation, the McCarthy Manor apartment fire in Syracuse, NY was caused by unattended cooking, and no cause was attributed to the Kent, England fire.
With four kitchen fires in the news today, our 2013 Fire Prevention Week theme “Prevent Kitchen Fires” is right on target. It’s not too early to start planning for Fire Prevention Week. Some of the things you can start today are planning your calendar of events, selecting the materials you want to support your campaign and promoting your Sparky’s Wish list in your community. While you’re planning your activities to help reduce the number of kitchen fires in your community, don’t forget our community outreach kits. We have one specifically for cooking which provides you with media materials, talking points, PSAs and tip sheets for consumers. Don’t’ forget our safety tips sheets on cooking safety and scald prevention which can be great handouts for residents.
Good luck with your 2013 Fire Prevention Week campaign and be sure to let me know if you need any assistance in making this your best Fire Prevention Week ever.