09/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/24/2020 10:52
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2020
National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4 - 10, calls attention to simple, preventive steps to reduce fires in the kitchen
The historic forest fires burning in the western United States have focused attention on the dangers of wildland fires, but across the nation, but more than three-quarters of fire deaths and injuries occur in residential properties. Kitchen fires and cooking are the leading causes of residential fires. For 2020, Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, is themed 'Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen' and aims to reduce kitchen fires.
'If we could all focus on preventing fires in the kitchen and take some simple steps to prevent these fires, it would save a tremendous number of lives, and reduce injuries and property damage,' State Fire Marshal Tim Bean said. 'Staying in the kitchen while cooking and avoiding distractions are good places to start.'
Forty-four percent of reported home fires start in the kitchen, according to the National Fire Protection Association; 66 percent of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials, according to the NFPA.
Fire Marshal Bean shared these tips:
In the 10 years from 2008 to 2017, the U.S. had an annual average of more than 1.34 million fires, resulting in 3,190 deaths, 16,225 civilian injuries and $14.7 billion in direct property loss, according to a U.S. Fire Administration report.
As a reminder, the end of Daylight Saving Time, 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, when clocks are adjusted to 'fall back' an hour, can serve as an easy reminder to change smoke and CO alarm batteries once a year. Remember, when you change the time, change the batteries. Always have properly installed and maintained smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
More tips on a variety of fire safety topics are available on the Division of Fire Safety website at: https://dfs.dps.mo.gov/safetytips/.
For more information, call 573-751-5432 or e-mail mike.o'[email protected]