This Week is Fire Prevention Week
Posted at 10 a.m.
This week, Oct. 6-12, is Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), two out of every five home fires start in the kitchen. NFPA also reports that U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011, resulting in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 civilian injuries and $853 million in direct damage.
During Fire Prevention Week — and all year — remember to “get cookin’ with fire safety.” Here’s some additional statistics to emphasize why staying safe in the kitchen is so important:
- Unattended cooking was a factor in 34 percent of reported home cooking fires.
- Ranges accounted for the 58 percent of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16 percent.
- Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire.
- Microwave ovens are one of the leading home products associated with scald burn injuries not related to fires. Nearly half (44 percent) of the microwave oven injuries seen at emergency rooms in 2011 were scald burns.
- Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1 percent of home cooking fires, but these incidents accounted for 16 percent of the cooking fire deaths.
Fire Station Open Houses
In an effort to prevent home fires before they start, our Fire and Rescue Department will host Fire Prevention Week Open House this Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at all stations throughout the county.
Firefighters and paramedics will have displays and activities emphasizing fire safety, including preventing fires and fire injuries, especially in the home. You are encouraged to visit a nearby fire and rescue station to participate in the activities and learn more about fire safety.
About Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 fire that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on Oct. 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871. Learn more about Fire Prevention Week.