Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries across the United States and in Raleigh, N.C.
The Raleigh Fire Department is promoting this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” Oct. 4-10, 2020. The campaign focuses on simple actions you can take to keep yourself and those around you safe.
Update: The Oct. 10 Drive Thru Safety expo has been postponed due to weather. Please check back for a new date.
According to the National Fire Protection Association®, 44 percent of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds, 66 percent, of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
Fire Prevention Week Activities
The Raleigh Fire Department plans to host a series of events in support of the week:
|Event||Date, Time, and Location|
|Virtual Fire Prevention Week trivia night||Oct. 6, at 6 p.m., Learn more and register|
|Drive-through event for residents||Oct. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Fire Station 15 at 1815 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh|
|Virtual education session on cooking safety||Oct. 8, at 11 a.m., through Webex, Register here|
|Virtual education session on grilling safety||Oct. 9, at 11 a.m., through Webex, Register here|
|Drive-through event for residents||Postponed -
For more general information cooking safety about the Fire Prevention Week, visit the NFPA’s website at www.fpw.org.
The Raleigh Fire Department shares these safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.
- Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short 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’re cooking.
- Stay alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
- Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.