The Middleton Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention WeekTM (FPW) for more than 100 years — to promote this year’s FPW campaign, “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire preventionTM.” The campaign works to educate
everyone about simple but important actions they can take when cooking 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. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths.
“Year after year, cooking remains the leading cause of home fires by far, accounting for half (49 percent) of all U.S. home fires,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of outreach and advocacy at NFPA. “These numbers tell us that there is still much work to do when it comes to better educating the public about ways to stay safe when cooking.”
The Middleton Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2023 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Cooking safety start with YOU”.
The Middleton Fire Department offers these key safety tips to help reduce the risk of a cooking fire.
1. Watch what you heat. Always keep a close eye on what you are cooking. Set a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
2. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.
3. Have a “kid- and pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove or grill and anywhere else hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
The Middleton Fire Department is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s FPW campaign. Members of our department will be visiting local public and parochial schools in our fire district to present fire safety tips and cooking safety to children in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Please ask your children what they learned from the presentation.
For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking safety, visit www.fpw.org.
For fire safety fun for kids, visit sparky.org.