Fire Safety and Kitchen Fires

Sep 03, 2020 at 11:03 am by WGNS

Pictured are Specialists Todd and Specialists Womack of the Murfreesboro Fire Department.

October 4th through the 10th is Fire Prevention Week and State Farm recently donated a “NFPA Fire Prevention Week” kit to the Murfreesboro Fire Department.

Through State Farm grants, local agents are giving away over 2,500 Fire Prevention Week kits across the nation. The kit contains resources that will be used by the Fire Department in their outreach to our community during Fire Prevention Week. The theme this years is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.”

Home cooking fires represent the leading cause of home fires making up nearly 1/2 of all home fires.

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm Agent Michael Busey are teaming up with the Murfreesboro Fire Department to support Fire Prevention Week, an annual public awareness campaign promoting home fire safety. 

State Farm agents are delivering Fire Prevention Week toolkits to more than 2500 fire departments across the country, including the Murfreesboro Fire Department. Each toolkit includes resources for Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10, 2020), including brochures, magnets, posters and more. The Fire Department will be sharing these resources with schools and communities this fall in support of the campaign.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” focuses on cooking fire safety. Home cooking fires represent the leading cause of all fires with nearly half – 49 percent – happening in the kitchen. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of these fires.

“The good news is that the majority of kitchen fires are highly preventable,” said State Farm Agent Michael Busey”. “These great kits will help our fire departments spread the news to always stay focused when you’re in the kitchen and never leave the kitchen unattended.”  

Key messages around this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign will include the following:

 

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  • Keep a close eye on what you’re cooking; never leave cooking unattended.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — at least three feet away from your stovetop.
  • Be on alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.

 

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen,” visit fpw.org.
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