This week is Fire Prevention Week, and this year's campaign slogan is "serve up fire safety in the kitchen."
The Kern County Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years.
The campaign aims to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.
And according to NFPA cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the U.S.
KCFD wants to encourage all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.
Safety tips to avoid starting a fire:
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or boiling. If you have to 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 have to 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're 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.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities, visit the Kern County Fire Department website.