is a Year Long Effort
About 4,000 people lose their lives
and 20,000 are injured in fires each year.
Cooking related fires are the leading cause of home fires and
Cooking Fires. The tips below may prevent your family from experiencing
a fire tragedy.
- Are your smoke detectors less
than 10 years old with good, working batteries? Making
sure you have good batteries in your smoke detectors is the
first way to ensure that they will operate correctly when you
need them. And if your smoke detectors are more than 10
consider purchasing new ones. Newer smoke
detectors have updates and are better functioning than many that
10 years ago. No one should sleep without several
working smoke detectors throughout their home.
a smoke detector in every level of your home, outside and inside
every room used for sleeping.
Test you detector at least once a month and change the
battery at least once a year.
- Are space heaters 3 feet away from walls, sofa, and anything
else that burns?
- Always use candles with care. There should be a 3 feet
diameter of open space around candles. Never place near
draperies or other flammable objects. Never leave children alone
with candles and always blow them
out when you leave the room.
- Are extension cords working properly? Don't run them under
carpets, or furniture legs. Inspect all connections
regularly for heat or damage.
- Encourage smokers to smoke outside. Never smoke in bed.
- Keep all lighters and matches up high and secured away from
- If you do smoke inside, make sure ashtrays are deep and sturdy and are emptied
regularly only after assuring everything in them is completely
- Keep all flammables including lawn mowers and motor cycles
away from water heaters and furnaces. (Danger of leaking
- Make sure your storage areas are clean. There should be
no oily rags or used paint rags stored inside your home, garage or
leave cooking unattended. A
serious fire can start in seconds.
If you are tired or are under the influence of medication
or alcohol avoid cooking. Many
people have been overcome when they planned to sit down for just
a second and fell asleep.
cook with loose fitting clothing.
cooking surfaces regularly to prevent grease buildup and make
sure countertop are clear of combustibles at least 3 foot away.
fire breaks out while cooking on the stove simply cover the pan
with a lid or cookie sheet to smother the flames.
If possible shut off the burner and stand back.
If you have an extinguisher, be careful that you don’t
splash the burning liquid.
fire breaks out in the oven never
open the oven
are designed to hold a large amount of heat.
Simply turn off the oven and dial 911 for the fire department.
use your stove to heat your home.
check your kitchen before going to sleep or leaving the house.
in doubt, just get out. The
most important safety message is that fire can grow very quickly
blocking your exits.
Get your family out of the house immediately!
Then Dial 911 from a neighbor's telephone.