Practice Fire Safety All Year Long
By Member Debbie Gartrell
October 10, 2020

As we wrap up Fire Prevention Week, we wanted to remind you that Carroll County Fire Departments teamed 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. Although COVID has dampened out visits to schools, many departments are posting information on their websites and Facebook.

The Auxiliary to the Winfield VFD will be handing out fire prevention information at their annual Fall Fest, which will be a drive through this year on October 24th. You can obtain more information on their website or on their Facebook page.

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.”

We encourage all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.

The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”

Please keep the following cooking safety tips in mind.

• 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 and pet free zone of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

If you need additional information on fire safety, please contact your local Fire Department, or visit or