National Fire Prevention Week 2020

Serve up Fire Safety in the Kitchen

It’s Fire Prevention Week! This year the theme for Fire Prevention Week focuses on safety in the kitchen. Cooking is often relaxing and fun and the kitchen can be a wonderful place for families and friends to gather. But, cooking is also the leading cause of home fire and home fire injuries.

During Fire Prevention Week, Metro Fire wants to remind you about some cooking facts to help you understand the fire risks in the kitchen. We also want to give you lifesaving tips in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by cooking fires.

Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.

Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking at high temperatures. If you must leave, turn off the burner. When simmering on the stove or baking in the oven, set a timer if you leave the kitchen to remind you that you are cooking. It is very easy to get distracted by electronics and lose track of time.
Click here to download a Cooking Safety Checklist to do with your family.

Many home cooking fires happen on the kitchen range.

Before you turn on the heat, move dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains, anything that can burn, away from the stove. When you are finished, wipe up any spills or food that may have fallen on the stove.

Be the kitchen spy and check out I Spy Cooking Safety at to investigate and uncover cooking hazards in the home.

Frying is the greatest risk for a home cooking fire.

Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking at high temperatures, like frying, boiling and grilling. When oil gets too hot it can easily start a fire. Keep a pot lid or a cookie sheet nearby when you are cooking at high temperatures. If the pot starts to flame, put the lid or cookie sheet over the pot, turn off the heat and let it cool.

Download this Cooking Safety tip sheet and share it with family and friends.

Have fun teaching burn prevention and fire safety.

To keep kids safe from burns and scalds, have a kid-free zone of at least 3 feet around hot things in the kitchen. Metro Fire is currently offering a K-2 grade virtual program that teaches kids about kitchen safety. Click here for more information:

Grab the kids and download this Make your own Kid-Free Zone Marker for your kitchen.


Metro Fire, in collaboration with other local fire departments and child safety organizations, is holding a poster contest to reinforce the importance that anyone can be a hero by doing some simple things at home or at work to prepare for a fire. This year’s theme is, “Serve up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about important actions you can take to keep yourself and those around you safe. Work with your family and enter the contest below.

Click the flier image, or download here, for more details about the contest.

Participate in our National Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest! Your Pre-k through 6th grade students have the opportunity to win prizes which include $100 for your school or program, an awesome apron stating you are the FPW Winner and a pizza party! Students may enter the Poster Contest, Home Escape Plan Challenge or both! Watch our video and check out the flyer for more details on how to enter.

Click here to download this escape plan to do with your family.

Good luck!



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