Illinois celebrates Fire Prevention Week
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[October 08, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois
Office of the State Fire Marshal announced that as part of Fire
Prevention Week, it is joining the national campaign from the
National Fire Protection Association to prevent house fires. This
year's campaign runs Oct. 6-12, and the goal is to provide the
public with safety tips to promote safe cooking and kitchen habits
for the entire family.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is
the top cause of home fires and home fire injuries nationwide. This
year's campaign theme, "Reduce Kitchen Fires," focuses on
encouraging the public to practice safe habits while using the
stove, microwaves and other kitchen appliances.
attentive while cooking and keeping small children away from hot
appliances help prevent tragedies," said Fire Marshal Larry
Matkaitis. "We cannot stress enough the importance of having working
smoke alarms in different parts of the house and a home sprinkler
system if possible. In addition, every member of the family should
follow fire safety tips and be involved in the family's collective
effort to prevent house fires."
In Illinois between 2010 and this year, more than 5,300 home
fires have started in the kitchen area. Those fires have resulted in
43 fatalities and 361 injuries and a total dollar loss of close to
$78 million. This year alone, 793 of those fires have claimed two
lives and injured 47.
OSFM offers the following safety tips:
Be alert! Don't
use the stove or stovetop if you are sleepy or have consumed
Stay in the kitchen while frying,
grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a
short period of time, turn off the stove.
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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
Keep anything that
can catch fire, such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food
packaging, towels or curtains, away from your stovetop.
Have a "kid-free
zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where water
is boiling, or where hot food is prepared or carried.
Keep a fire
extinguisher in a safe place near the kitchen in case of a small
If a kitchen fire
gets out of control, get everyone out of the house and call 911
For more information on fire prevention, visit
Office of the State Fire
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Illinois Office of
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