Fire Prevention Week Kickoff - Kitchen Fire Demonstration

CITY OF FOND DU LAC FIRE/RESCUE IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:
Troy HaaseDivision Chief of Fire Prevention(920) 322-3807 (920) 539-8994thaase@fdl.wi.gov    What: Fire Prevention Press ConferenceWhen: October 4, 2013 at 11:00 AMWhere: Forest Mall, Kohl’s Front Parking Lot, 913 West Johnson Street   ‘The Fond du Lac Fire Department Reminds Fond du Lac Residents to 'Prevent Kitchen Fires’ Fond du Lac, WI—It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 the Fond du Lac Fire Department is joining forces with the
nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents
to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During this year's fire safety campaign,
fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen
fires--most of which result from unattended cooking—and teaching local
residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place. According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries. "Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Fire Chief Peter O’Leary. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us
reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson."  Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates
will be emphasizing:          
1. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.         
2. If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.         
3. When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the
home, and use a timer to remind you.
4. you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep
children and pets at least three away from the stove.         
5. When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.          
6. Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.         
7. Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.   Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country.
Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance
on record.

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