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Fire Prevention Week 2020
Wed. Oct 7th 2020

The National Fire Protection Association has chosen “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” as the theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week, which runs from 10/4/20-10/10/20.

According to the 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. 

The Raphine Volunteer Fire Company would like to share the following 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 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. 

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