Serve Up Safety in the Kitchen: Fire Prevention Week

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Provided by Prince William County

The Prince William County Fire & Rescue System is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”  The campaign, which runs Oct. 4 through10, educates the public about cooking hazards and how one can take small, yet important actions to prevent cooking-related fires. This type of fire is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.

In 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 172,900 home structure fires due to cooking. That’s an average of 470 home cooking fires per day, with Thanksgiving and Christmas as peak days. These types of fires result in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and billions in property damage. The leading cause of kitchen fires, in which individuals sustain injuries or worse, is unattended cooking.
Chief Tim Keen of the Prince William County Fire and Rescue System said, “Some of our fondest memories are times spent in the kitchen, with family and friends, while preparing a delicious meal.  When cooking, we must always be vigilant in protecting ourselves and our loved ones, by taking the necessary precautions in preventing home fires and home fire injuries.”
For more information about Fire Prevention Week and general fire and life safety prevention, visit the National Fire Protection Association, the U.S. Fire Administration or the Fire Prevention Week website.

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