News Flash Home
The original item was published from 10/8/2020 1:13:43 PM to 10/8/2020 1:14:25 PM.

News Flash

Trending News

Posted on: October 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Fire Prevention Week Focuses on Kitchen Safety

Fire Safety Week 2020 (JPG)

The Lombard Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about  simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.  

According to 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.

“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.” 

 The Lombard Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.

“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” said Fire Marshal Perry Johnson. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”

Lombard Fire Department wants to share 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. 

To find out more about Fire Prevention programs and activities in Lombard, please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau, 630-620-5750.  For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit www.fpw.org.

 

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Trending News

Carbon Monoxide Alarm with teal background

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted on: January 25, 2023
smart phone in hand dialing 911

Sign Up for Smart 911

Posted on: January 23, 2023
purple background with white text about road closure

W. Wilson Ave Road Closure

Posted on: January 23, 2023
Flashing Crosswalk Sign and blue sky

Flashing Crosswalk Signs at Main St Down

Posted on: January 13, 2023
green yellow background with house outline and text

January is National Radon Action Month

Posted on: January 9, 2023
9M Routine - General  (395 x 305 px)

Prevent Thefts With the 9 p.m. Routine

Posted on: January 3, 2023
Cars parked in snow with text

Winter Parking Reminders

Posted on: December 12, 2022
Prevent freezing pipes (395 x 305 px)

Prevent Freezing Pipes

Posted on: December 20, 2022
wooden letter and number blocks depicting 2023 budget

Village Budget and Tax Levy Approved

Posted on: December 6, 2022