Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 the Tyler Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association to remind Tylerites to "Prevent Kitchen Fires."
During the 2013 fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires, most of which result from unattended cooking, and teaching locals to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place. Additionally, the fire department will be visiting area schools throughout October as part of its fire prevention and public education program.
According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five house fires begin in the kitchen which is more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.
Tyler Fire Department Public Information Officer, Paul Findley, tells KETK often when they are called to a fire which started in the kitchen, the homeowners usually say they just left the kitchens for a moment.
"Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start," Findley. "We hope "Fire Prevention Week" will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson."
Here are some safety tips to prevent home fires:
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 three 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 actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
For more information, please contact the Tyler Fire Marshal’s Office at 903-535-0005.