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Fill-in-Blank News Release for County Health Departments

For Release: _____, 2006
Contact: __________
_____ County Health Department
(Phone)

Prevent Cooking Fires – Watch What You Heat
October 8–14 is National Fire Prevention Week

It's time for National Fire Prevention Week, and from October 8-14 the _____ County Health Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to “Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat.”

During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters, safety advocates, and public health officials will be spreading the word about the dangers of cooking fires, most of which result from unattended cooking. Also, they will be teaching local residents how to prevent cooking fires from starting in the first place.

According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. One out of three home fires begins 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 firefighters are called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents say they only left the kitchen for a few minutes but that’s all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help people focus more attention on preventing fires and injuries,” said _____ County Health Department Administrative Director _____.

Some of the safety tips that firefighters, safety advocates and public health officials want to emphasize are:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
  • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
  • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.
  • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.

For more information contact the _____ County Health Department at (phone number) or visit the NFPA Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.

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