The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) annual Fire Prevention Week is set for Oct. 8-14 with the theme, "Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat".
The Brazil Fire Department will team up with the NFPA during this year's fire safety campaign. Firefighters and safety advocates will be spreading the word about the dangers of cooking fires -- most of which result from unattended cooking -- and teaching local residents how to prevent cooking fires from starting in the first place.
The Fire Department will also have presentations and will talk to students from Kindergarten to 2nd grade at the local elementary schools during the week, emphasizing fire safety.
The Brazil Fire Department will have an open house at the fire station on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 1-3 p.m.
The community can meet the firefighters, visit Fire Pup, tour the station and the fire engines, pick up valuable fire safety information and enjoy refreshments provided by Goodies Galore.
Three out of every 10 reported fires begin in the kitchen, and home fires associated with cooking equipment result in nearly 300 deaths and over 4,000 injuries every year.
The NFPA offers these tips for safer cooking that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:
· 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 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 lese that can burn, away from your stovetop.
· Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
For more information, please visit the official Fire Prevention Week Web site, http://www.firepreventinweek.org, the NFPA web site at
http://www.nfpa.org or call the Brazil Fire Department's non-emergency number 446-7551.