Fire Prevention Week Underscores Importance of Fire Safety, Preparedness

Columbus Firefighters join Mayor Kristen Brown and members of the Board of Public Works and Safety on the steps of City Hall Tuesday, October 8th, as Mayor Brown proclaims this week as Fire Prevention Week.

The Columbus Fire Department wants to ensure all residents and businesses are ready to respond in the event of a fire and are encouraging them to review their fire safety and preparedness plans as part of Fire Prevention Week. The week-long campaign, from October 6th-12th, highlights the fire prevention efforts that Columbus firefighters share with residents, students and businesses throughout the year.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” Throughout the week, Columbus firefighters will be emphasizing the dangers of kitchen fires and offering tips on how to prevent kitchen fires from starting, along with other fire prevention recommendations.

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen — more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.

“We all can prevent kitchen fires through simple steps, such as keeping a watchful eye while cooking and being careful around hot stoves,” Columbus Fire Chief Dave Allmon said. “I encourage everyone to take precautions in the kitchen and throughout the home and review their fire safety and preparedness plans to keep themselves and their families safe.”

Firefighters offer these kitchen-fire safety tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food.
  • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home and use a timer to remind you.
  • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.
  • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stove top.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stove tops.

As part of the fire department’s prevention efforts, firefighters visited local schools before Fall Break to practice fire alarms and have students experience the Survive Alive trailer, which teaches them how to survive a house fire and get out safely. Firefighters also are touring local businesses to provide fire prevention recommendations.

For more fire prevention information, visit the “Fire Prevention” section of the Columbus Fire Department’s website.

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