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Fire Prevention Week 2013

Prevent Kitchen Fires! THE KITCHEN is often at the very center of family life but leave cooking unattended in the kitchen and you could have a serious fire on your hands.

Cooking equipment is involved in roughly 150,000 home fires per year, and many of those fires start because people aren't paying attention. And while a few minutes may not seem like much time to be away from what’s cooking, that’s all it takes to start a fire that could destroy your home and harm your family.

Kitchen Safety Checklist:

  • Always pay attention to things that are cooking?
  • Watch the stovetop when he or she is frying, grilling, or broiling food?
  • If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove?
  • Are things that can burn, dish towels, curtains, or paper at least 3 feet away from the stove?
  • Is the top of the stove clean? No spilled food, grease, paper or bags?
  • Are pot handles turned in towards the back of the stove when a grown-up is cooking?
  • Do children and pets stay out of the “kid-free” zone (3 feet from the stove) when a grown-up is cooking?
  • Are containers opened slowly after they are removed from the microwave, as hot steam escaping from the container can cause painful burns?
  • Is the fire department's emergency number is near the phone.
  • Do you a have working smoke alarms and a home fire escape plan?

For more information please contact the El Paso Fire Prevention Division at (915) 485-5699.