EVERETT, WA – The Everett Fire Department is teaming up with two local Everett Domino’s stores and the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years — to promote fire safety.
Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10. This year’s fire safety campaign is “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 most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” said Kurtis Brown, fire marshal at Everett Fire Department. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”
William Armstrong, assistant fire marshal at Everett Fire Department, shares these 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.
Everett Fire Department is partnering with two local Everett Domino’s stores to promote fire safety. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 4-7p.m., anyone who orders a Domino’s pizza from the store at 7601 Evergreen Way, (425) 347-2202, may be randomly selected and surprised at the door when their pizza arrives aboard a fire engine. If the smoke alarms in the home are working correctly, the pizza is free. If the smoke alarms are not working, Everett firefighters will install free fully-functioning alarms or replace the batteries. On Oct. 7, from 4-7p.m., Everett residents may have the same opportunity when they order pizza from the Dominos located at 11632 Hwy 99 #H, (425) 953-5330.
We want to thank Brandon Mullins, Dominos’ Regional Supervisor, for supporting our efforts to promote fire prevention and safety, while recognizing those who make fire safety a priority.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter as we share fire safety tips and fun activities for kids and adults! You can also find these materials on the Everett Fire Department website. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit www.fpw.org.