October is Fire Safety Month . Did you know kitchen fires are the leading cause of fires every year ? Listed below are some tips and information from the National Fire Academy to help keep you and your loved ones safe when cooking at home .
Cooking is necessary and often relaxing and fun. People like to gather in the kitchen to talk and enjoy time with one another. But as you know, cooking is also the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Life is so busy, and people are accustomed to multitasking. But a minute away from a stove can easily turn into five, and a small flame or overheated oil can start a large fire in that time.
From 2016 to 2018, fire departments in the United States responded to an estimated average of
cooking fires in residential buildings.
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.
Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking at high temperatures.
If you must leave, turn off the burner.
When simmering food on the stove or baking in the oven, set a timer to remind you that you are cooking. It is very easy to get distracted by electronics and lose track of time.
Many home cooking fires happen on the kitchen range.
Before you turn on the heat, move dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains — anything that can burn — away from the stove.
When you are finished, wipe up any spills or food left on the stove.
Frying is the greatest risk for a home cooking fire.
Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking at high temperatures, like frying, boiling and grilling.
When oil gets too hot, it can easily start a fire. Keep a pot lid or a cookie sheet nearby when you are cooking at high temperatures.
If the pot starts to flame, put the lid or cookie sheet over the pot, turn off the heat and let it cool.
Controlling hazardous materials incidents
Extinguishing and investigating hostile fires
Mitigating the effects of natural disasters
Presenting life safety education programs
Providing first-responder services to people experiencing potential life-threatening medical emergencies
Rescuing persons in danger
In performing our daily tasks and while on emergency incidents, we will always be professional and courteous to each other, the persons we are assisting, and the public in general. In pursuing our mission, we commit to these guiding principles:
To always treat our citizens with courtesy and respect
To take personal responsibility in attaining organizational goals and pride in our work
To work towards improving the quality of service that we provide through the highest quality training available
On behalf of the entire department, 'Thank-you' for the privilege of serving you.
Information was provided by Fire Chief Jay Moore
The mission of the Lawrenceburg Fire Department is to protect lives, property, and the environment of Lawrenceburg, and if requested, Lawrence and surrounding counties.