Have a blast, not a blaze, in the kitchen


Sparky the Fire Dog helps us stay safe while cooking in the kitchen
Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12


Oct. 7, 2013 — Learn how to prevent kitchen fires with Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12. During that time, Sparky the Fire Dog and his friends will help spread the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home. 

Did you know that electric ranges have a higher risk of fire or that unattended equipment is the leading cause of cooking equipment fires? Sparky and his friends will help you learn how to stay safe while using the most fire-prone devices, including ranges and cooktops. You’ll learn about the importance of staying in the kitchen when you cook and helpful tips, like sliding a lid over a pan when you have a pan fire. You’ll also learn how to avoid cooking burns that are often seen in emergency rooms, like burns from contact with a hot range or oven.

Kids and parents will also pick up important safety rules, including having a three foot kid-free zone around stoves and ovens, never carrying a child while holding hot food or cooking equipment, and placing hot foods and liquids away from counter and table edges. They’ll also remind you to check or install smoke alarms in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.

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About Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. Those who survived the great fires of our past never forgot what they'd been through; the blazes produced countless tales of bravery and heroism. But the fires also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. 

Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week website, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2013 NFPA.