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NFPA offers tools, tips, resources for Fire Prevention Week

9/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) annual awareness campaign, Fire Prevention Week, will take place Oct. 6-12.

The nonprofit fire safety organization is encouraging the public to prevent kitchen fires. The kitchen is the leading area of origin for home fires, and most kitchen fires are caused by cooking. On average, there are roughly 3,000 reported kitchen fires per day in the United States.

The Fire Prevention Week website, www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week, is the central portal for 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 children and public service announcement videos. Videos on the site include “Sparky’s Kitchen Rules,” a fire safety song for children and safety tips from Sparky’s Aunt Dottie.

Visitors can also test their knowledge of fire safety with the Fire Prevention Week Quiz, which lets families see how well-prepared they are for an emergency. Quiz-takers can review their results and compare them with others via Twitter and Facebook.

Continuing for 2013 will be the Sparky’s Wish List Campaign. The program, now in its second year, is designed to help fire departments connect with their local communities. Fire departments across the country have registered for public safety education materials they need in their communities. Individuals can then help their local fire department prepare for Fire Prevention Week by fulfilling the wishes.

NFPA offers the following fire safety tips:

  • If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • 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 the 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.
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