Fire Prevention Week is a publicly recognized observance created by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). This year, Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10 and the theme is “Serve up Fire Safety in the Kitchen”. We’ve gathered information and graphics from the NFPA for you to post on NPSS so you can stay engaged with your community and keep them informed about the importance of Fire Safety. Continue reading for graphics and resources to share with your community all week long.
7 Tips for 7 Days of Fire Prevention Week.
Fire Prevention Week provides an ideal opportunity to educate the community about the importance of fire safety. Here is a suggested posting schedule including graphics and sample messages with key safety topics for your community:
- Day 1: Intro to Fire Prevention Week
- Day 2: Recipe For Safety- Be careful in the kitchen
- Day 3: Keep Kitchen Area Clutter Free
- Day 4: Cook with Caution
- Day 5: Smart Cooking
- Day 6: Have a Plan
- Day 7: Kid Free Zone
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October 4th: Intro to Fire Prevention Week
This year’s theme is all about educating your community members about the simple steps they can take to be informed and practice Kitchen Safety everyday.
“Fire Prevention Week is officially here and everyday actions can keep your family and your community safe! Follow these simple steps to serve up kitchen safety all day, everyday!
-Keep kids at least three feet from the stove.
-Stay in the kitchen when frying food or cooking with oil or grease.
-Keep things that can burn away from the stove.
-Keep your stove top and oven clean for any spilled food or grease”
(Source: National Fire Prevention Association)
October 5th: Recipe for Safety- Be Careful in the Kitchen
With cooking being the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries it’s essential to remind residents to be alert and careful when in the kitchen. The shareable graphic below provides a simple yet effective way to emphasize kitchen fire safety.
“Cooking is the leading cause of U.S. home fires. Staying careful and alert can protect your home and those who matter most, practice being like Bill when you cook!” (Source: National Fire Prevention Association)
October 6th: Keep Kitchen Area Clutter Free
The NFPA reports that cooking equipment causes 49% of all U.S. home fires and 21% of the home fire deaths on average each year. The graphic below is a great reminder for your community to keep a clean and clutter free area when cooking.
“Did you know cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries? There are many simple steps you can take to minimize the risk of cooking fires, keeping your cooking area clutter free is just one of them!” (Source: National Fire Prevention Association)
October 7th: Cook with Caution
According to the NFPA unattended cooking is the #1 cause of fires in the home. With families spending more time at home managing work, kids in school, and more now is the time to remind your community to cook carefully and distraction free.
“Life is hectic, turning many of us into great multi-taskers. But don’t let your great multitasking skills distract you in the kitchen! Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires: Stay focused and keep a close eye on what you’re cooking!” (Source: National Fire Prevention Association)
October 8th: Smart Cooking, Use a timer!
The NFPA states that scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries. Instructing your community to set simple and easy reminders in the kitchen to prevent overcooking or overheating kitchen appliances can prevent devastating events.
“Most home cooking fires involve the stove. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying and carefully monitor food that’s simmering, baking, or roasting. Set a timer to promptly remove it from the oven or stove.” (Source National Fire Prevention Association)
October 9th: Kid Free Zone
Education on kitchen fire safety isn't just for those doing the cooking. Young children are at high risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to learn how to implement a “kid-free zone” when cooking in their homes.
“Keep little ones safe when you’re cooking! Create a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 metre) around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are being prepared or carried.” (Source National Fire Prevention Association)
October 10th: Have a plan and put a lid on it!
The NFPA states that seconds can mean the difference between a safe fire extinguish and a tragedy. Sharing a simple tip such as keeping a lid nearby when cooking can prevent damaged homes and irreversible injuries.
Sample message: “Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it’s cool.“ (Source National Fire Prevention Association)
For additional resources for Fire Prevention Week, please visit https://www.nfpa.org/fpw.
If your Fire Prevention Week is looking a little bit different this year due to the pandemic, keep reading to learn how the Greenville and Durham Fire Departments are recognizing the Fire Prevention week and getting involved in their community.
In an effort to be proactive in their community without in person events, the Greenville Fire Department is focused on creating virtual Fire Prevention Week content and using social media to educate and share their message. For the Greenville FD, FPW typically involves in person educating at schools and senior centers but due to the pandemic the fire department will now be focusing on hosting virtual activities for schools and creating “safety packs” to distribute at their local Senior Resource Center. Firefighter Sylvia Peace mentioned that Greenville FD relies heavily on the NFPA’s vetted content and this year’s topic is important because kitchen fires are the leading cause of house fires in the U.S.
Just like the Greenville FD, Another Fire Department will also be heavily using social media to get the word out about Fire Prevention Week and will be putting out daily safety messages to keep the community safe and up to date.
Lastly, the Durham Fire Department will be placing Fire Prevention Week content on Youtube where residents can access all the information in one place. Fire Fighter Tony Ryan mentioned that Durham FD will be “wildly active” on NPSS posting graphics every other day and using this year’s FPW theme of “Safety in the Kitchen” to segue into educating on the importance of fire safety for the winter months to come.