Fire Prevention Week is a national safety campaign observed by hundreds of thousands of U.S. fire departments during the first week of October. With the Fire Service working collectively to promote awareness and risk reduction messages, the information is far reaching.
In Virginia, local fire departments address distinct issues through safety messages for its residents. VDFP will highlight resources produced by our local fire departments and partners in an effort to increase awareness year-round.
VDFP Fire Prevention Week 2020 – Serve Up Safety in the Kitchen
October 4-10, 2020
The Virginia Department of Fire Programs’ (VDFP) State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds Virginians to keep safety at the forefront while cooking and using appliances in the kitchen. As we spend more time in our residences, the chances of fire-related accidents and injuries increases. The theme for Fire Prevention Week 2020 is, “Serve up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.”
Cooking Safety Tips
- Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove. Leaving food unattended is the leading factor in cooking fires and related casualties.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
- You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
- Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.