I came across a couple of news stories that I wanted to share. Both highlight firefighters and their messages to residents about cooking fire safety.
The first story comes from WALB News 10 out of Albany, Georgia where Albany firefighters recently responded to two cooking fires in one day. One of the incidents was caused by turkey legs left cooking on a stove that then caught fire and ignited the cabinets.
Due to the increased number of cooking fires his crew has been responding to as of late, Battalion Chief Matthew Jefferson spoke to reporters with this important, yet personal message, "If you are going to turn on the stove, make sure you stay in the kitchen. That's my policy. I always stay in the kitchen. If I'm cooking, I stay in the kitchen."
In other news, in Hutto, Texas, Fire Chief Scott Kerwood asked the question, "Is your kitchen safe?" in his September 17 blog post in the Lifestyle section of The Hutton News. Chief Kerwood provides a handful of easy-to-remember tips including how to put out grease fires, how to run a safe stove and keep toddlers safe from harm.
During 2007 - 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 156,600 home structure fires involving cooking equipment per year. According to an NFPA report, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries, and unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen.
If we all work together, we can help reduce the number of cooking fires and keep ourselves, family members and friends safer. But it starts with you. NFPA has plenty of great resources that can help you get started. Find them on our cooking fire safety central webpage, including videos, reports, articles, fact sheets and more. Download them all and pass them on to the people you love, today!