This upcoming week of October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week! Fire Prevention Week is the longest-running public health and safety observance on record and has been celebrated since 1922. Commemorating the loss of life and property during the great Chicago fire of 1871, it is also acknowledged as the beginning of the use of building codes as a means of fire prevention as the city rebuilt.
The National Fire Protection Association, official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week announced “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2020, October 4-10, as cooking remains the leading cause of home fires.
NFPA’s focus on cooking fire safety comes in response to home cooking fires representing the leading cause of U.S. home fires. Nearly half (49 percent) of all home fires involved cooking equipment; including unattended cooking.
In the past, a key component of sharing the Fire Prevention Week/Month message has been station tours and in-person show and tell visits to elementary school kids by Puget Sound Fire crews and Public Education. As we look for new ways to reach the communities we serve during changing times, Fire Prevention Week will look different.
To reach as broad an audience as possible this year:
- Public Education interviewed with the radio station “The Bull” and it will air on Monday 10/5
- The Fire Prevention Week message will be posted on several reader boards throughout the community
- Virtual fire safety classes are now available to teachers including: Camp Safety, Crawl Low, and Kitchen Safety
- A local Starbucks will be handing out our message and pens to customers on Monday 10/5
- The Monthly safety flyer that is distributed to our senior communities will focus on cooking safety
- Multiple social media posts throughout the week will highlight tips and messages.
Key messages for Fire Prevention Week “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” will include the following:
- Keep a close eye on what you are cooking; never leave cooking unattended
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — at least three feet away from your stovetop
- Be on alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop
- Childfree zone in the kitchen (3 feet)
- Home escape plan and working smoke alarms