Hastings —Fire Prevention Week is nearing and from October 6 to12 Hastings Fire and Rescue is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.'
During this year's fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.
According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home.
Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.
"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Linda Waldron, Fire Prevention Officer.
"Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson," she said.
Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:
Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country and is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.