The Silver Creek Fire Department is teaming up with other fire
departments across the United States during Fire Prevention Week,
October 6-12, 2013, to urge residents to "Prevent Kitchen Fires".
During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters and safety
advocates 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
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.” 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
According to the National Fire
Protection Association, one home structure fire was reported every
85 seconds in 2010. Having a tried and true escape plan with two
ways out is essential to ensuring your family’s safety should fire
break out in your home.
The Silver Creek Fire Department
emphasizes the following safety tips to keep you and your family
Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or
If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn
off the stove.
When simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay
in the home, & use a timer
Use the stove’s back burners when possible. Keep children & pets at
least 3' away from the stove.
When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
Keep potholders, wooden utensils, towels, & anything else that can
burn, away from your stovetop.
Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
Week started to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in October of
1871. The Great Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people, left
100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned
more than 2,000 acres. United States
President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Prevention
week in 1925. President Coolidge noted that some 15,000 lives
were lost in the United States alone during the previous year.
"This waste results from the conditions which justify a sense of
shame and horror; for the greater part of it could and ought to be
prevented... It is highly desirable that every effort be made to
reform the conditions which have made possible so vast a destruction
of the national wealth".
-President Calvin Coolidge
Fire Protection Association continues today to make National Fire
Prevention Week a priority and counts on the participation of tens
of thousands of fire and safety personnel to reduce the risk of fire
and its toll on society. Fire Prevention week has historically
been observed beginning on the first Sunday in October and ending
the following Sunday.