NFPA’s 2013 Fire Prevention Week will be held October 6-12. This year, we are encouraging the public to prevent kitchen fires. The kitchen is the leading area of origin for home fires, with nearly 3,000 reported daily in the United States.
The Fire Prevention Week website as always , is a central portal of information and resources to help families, teachers, community leaders, and fire officials spread the word about fire safety.
The site includes fire safety tip sheets, fire statistics, a family safety checklist, Sparky the Fire Dog activities for kids and public service announcement videos. Videos on the site include "Sparky’s Kitchen Rules," a fire safety song for kids, and safety tips from Sparky’s Aunt Dottie.
Visitors can also test their knowledge of fire safety with the Fire Prevention Week Quiz, a fun, interactive resource that lets families see how well-prepared they are for an emergency.
NFPA will also be continuing the Sparky’s Wish List Campaign, a program designed to help fire departments connect with their local communities. Fire departments across the country have registered for public safety education materials they need. Individuals can then help their local fire department prepare for Fire Prevention Week by fulfilling the wishes.
NFPA offers these important fire safety tips:
- Be alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
- Keep an eye on what you fry! Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- 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 are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains – away from your stovetop.
- Have a "kid-free zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.