fire safetyFRANKFORT, Ky. (10/5/13) – Don’t forget basic cooking safety tips. That’s the message of Fire Prevention Week, observed this year Oct. 6-12.
Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire – the two-day blaze that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 more homeless, and destroyed more than 17,000 buildings Oct. 8-9, 1871.
That heartbreak encouraged reform across America, prompting new fire safety codes and public awareness campaigns. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sponsors a fire prevention campaign each October to highlight the importance of fire safety education. According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
“There are simple, common-sense ways to reduce the risk of cooking fires,” said Kentucky State Fire Marshal William Swope. “Stay in the kitchen and keep watch over what you are cooking, maintain a clean area around your stovetop, and keep anything that can catch fire – like oven mitts, dish towels and even the sleeves on your clothing – away from the stovetop.”
Other safety tips include keeping children and pets at least three feet away from the stove; if you need to leave the kitchen, turn off the stove; and, plug microwaves and other cooking appliances directly into an outlet and avoid using extension cords.
Swope encourages families to also map out an escape plan with two ways out of the house and keep smoke detectors in good working order by checking the batteries regularly.

The state fire marshal’s office in the Division of Fire Prevention is an agency of the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction within the Public Protection Cabinet. Visit the website at Fire safety information is available at
SurfKY News
Information provided by Ricki Gardenhire your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Weather Sponsored by

1 DOW 17,084.49
+33.74 (0.20%)    
2 S&P 2,014.89
+1.46 (0.07%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,830.47
+19.68 (0.41%)    

Stock Report Sponsored by

Most Read This Week

October 06, 2015 4871

County Passes Occupational Tax Ordinance

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 4778

Alleged Attempt to Hide Meth in Doughnuts Results…

by SurfKY News
October 05, 2015 4110

Four Charged with Drug Offenses after Motel…

by SurfKY News
October 06, 2015 3800

Dawson Man Charged with Cultivating Marijuana,…

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 3272

Vehicle Overturns during Two-Car Collision

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read This Month

September 16, 2015 13430

Mining Accident Fatality - Update

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 30, 2015 11487

Dawson Woman Dead After Princeton Factory…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

October 09, 2015 828

Travis Ipox Appointed as New Agency Manager of…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 815

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 697

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 588

OPINION: No Simple Answer to Violent Attacks

by Ron Sanders
October 09, 2015 571

2016 Kynect Open Enrollment Period Begins Nov. 1

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 507

Rider Killed in Motorcycle Collision with Bucket…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 464

LG&E, KU Utility-Scale Solar Facility…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 408

McConnell Comments on Court Decision Halting WOTUS

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 389

A.G. Conway Issues Statement Regarding Sixth…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 385

Whitfield Ushers Legislation to Lift 40-Year Ban…

by SurfKY News