• Cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
  • Cooking fires are highly preventable.

The Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District is proud to partner with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and fire departments across the country to commemorate Fire Prevention Week (October 4th – 10th). 

This year’s theme: Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen! ™

“Kitchens are the focal points of our homes: spaces where we come together to prepare and share food with family and friends,” Fire Chief Jim Kreher explained.  “And as firefighters, we’ve witnessed first-hand how cooking-related fires can cause grave injuries and severely damage homes.”

Minimize Risk

As with a cherished family recipe, minimizing the risk of a kitchen fire requires the right ingredients:

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Remain in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling.  Turn off the stove if you have to leave the room – even for a short time.
  • Check on food regularly while it is cooking. Use a timer, and never leave the house unattended.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby*. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame and then turn off the burner.  Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.  *For oven fires, turn off the oven and keep the door closed.
  • Establish a “child-free” zone of at least three feet around the stove (and any other areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried).

*If you encounter a cooking fire that cannot be smothered with a pan lid, leave the house immediately and then call 911.

Learn More

Visit the NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website (www.fpw.org) to find additional information – including videos, games, apps, and activities – designed to promote fire safety education. 

For more information on BCFPD operations and activities, visit the BCFPD website and Facebook page.

Happy cooking, everyone!

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