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The Idaho Falls Fire Department (IFFD) 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.
“Typically, during fire prevention week we team up with other departments to host a community block party at station 1 as well as interact with students at each elementary school,” explains Kerry Hammon, public information officer, IFFD. “This year, we are sending material to the schools for teachers and caregivers to review with children. We also have fire prevention information, games, escape plans, videos and a virtual station tour available on our website with links on our social media pages,” adds Hammon.
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.
“Safety should be at the forefront of your mind when cooking,” states IFFD Fire Marshal Scott Grimmett. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. We have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”
Photos: 1) Kitchen fire, stock Image. 2) IFFD Deputy Chief Jon Perry demonstrates how to extinguish a grease fire by turning off the burner, putting a lid on the pot, and taking the pot off the heat source.
Media Contact: Kerry Hammon, Public Information Officer, (208) 612-8122, firstname.lastname@example.org.