October 4 – 10, 2020
The Hillside Fire Department is gearing up for Fire Prevention Week, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” says Chief Carling. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions, such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”
“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” said (Fire Chief Carling). “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”
The Hillside Fire Department wants to share safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.
- Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you must
leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking,
and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
- You must be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed
alcohol that makes you drowsy.
- Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over
the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
The Hillside Fire Department is hosting a series of virtual events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”, including fire extinguisher safety, stop drop and roll, virtual fire truck tours and many more informative virtual events.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities, please contact the Hillside Fire Department at 708-547-8684. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit the Village of Hillside website @ www.hiilside-il.org.
Kenneth L. Carling