With the arrival of the month of October comes Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-Oct 10), and the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department and National Fire Protection Association are ready to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”
The Mobile Fire-Rescue Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”
The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”
A cooking fire can grow quickly. MFRD firefighters have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.
For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit .