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By 21st Civil Engineer Squadron, Peterson-Schriever Garrison
/ Published October 01, 2020
This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is kitchen safety
Sparky the Fire Dog gives a thumbs up for Fire Prevention Week, 4-10 Oct. (courtesy photo)
The kitchen is often at the center of family life, but leave your cooking unattended and you could have a serious fire on your hands. Cooking equipment is involved in roughly 150,000 home fires every year. Many of those fires start as a result of people neglecting to monitor their equipment. While a few minutes might not seem like a long time to step away from what’s cooking, that’s all it takes to start a fire that could destroy your home and harm your family.
The National Fire Protection Association is dedicating Oct. 4-10 to the theme “Serve up Fire Safety in the Kitchen”. During that week, the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron’s Fire Emergency Services personnel will educate children in the community about how kitchen fires can start and how their families can prevent these fires.
A majority of people are choosing to entertain and cook in their homes, making kitchen fire safety more prominent than ever.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires continue to be the number one cause of home fires and home injuries, with unattended cooking as the leading cause of cooking fire casualties.
While being alert and attentive is one solution to prevent kitchen fires, fire safety officials also recommend the following safety tips: