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Fire Prevention Week 2023 Commences Sunday, October 8th

“Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention™”


Fire Prevention Week – 2023 Campaign commences on Sunday, October 8th!  The campaign theme is  “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention™,” and works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe when cooking.

National Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage.

Research tells us that cooking fires is the leading cause of home fires and home injuries!

Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths. 

Cooking safety is of utmost importance. Here are some tips to help you stay safe in the kitchen:

  • Stay alert: Always be attentive while cooking. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, avoid using the stove or stovetop.

  • Stay in the kitchen: While frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food, remain in the kitchen. If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

  • Keep flammable objects away: Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away from your stovetop.

  • Use a lid: Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

  • Have an escape plan: Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave. If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.

These tips will help ensure that your cooking experience is safe and enjoyable. Remember that safety starts with YOU!

The Indian River Volunteer Fire Company asks that you pay attention when cooking.

Even a few seconds of being distracted could result a tragedy.