Fire Prevention Week 2013 runs from Oct. 6 through 12 and this year’s theme is Prevent Kitchen Fires. Did you know Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the notorious blaze that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,000 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres on October 8th and 9th, 1871?
Here are some fire prevention tips that can help you stay safe in the kitchen:
- Keep an eye on appliances when in use.
- Make sure appliances are turned off and/or unplugged when not in use.
- When using pots and pans, use the rear burners and turn the handles inwards.
- Do not wear loose clothing while cooking.
- Keep papers, curtains, flammable liquids and other combustibles away from open flames.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the label for the lighting and operation of your natural gas range.
- Use a gas appliance only for its intended purpose. For example, an oven should not be used to heat a room.
- Never use an appliance that is operating improperly. Have it serviced by a qualified service provider.
- Have at least one approved fire extinguisher in your home. Remember: baking soda, salt or even a large pot lid may be used to extinguish a grease fire from the stove.
Visit our website for additional safety tips for both inside and outside your house. Let’s work together to make safety a top priority.