This is Fire Prevention Week, and the Galesburg Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During October firefighters will be visiting schools, giving fire station tours, and out in the public spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires -- most of which result from unattended cooking, and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.
Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates are emphasizing is to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food. If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove. When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you. If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove. When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves. Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stoveto and clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.