The Beverly Hills Fire Department is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”
The campaign educates members of the community about important home fire prevention. According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of home fires begin in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
The BHFD encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.
“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to make sure your kitchen is safely equipped and that you remain alert,” BHFD Chief Greg Barton said. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”
The BDFD has provided tips for fire prevention. Never leave food that is being cooked unattended. Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove. Also, create a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around stoves and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
For information, call the Beverly Hills Fire Department at (310)281-2700, or visit nfpa.org.