Lafayette Fire Department reminds residents to “Serve up fire safety in the kitchen” for Fire Prevention Week

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — The Lafayette Fire Department (LFD) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are reminding residents to “Serve up fire safety in the kitchen” for Fire Prevention Week.

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.”

“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to ‘Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!'” said LFD Chief Robert Benoit. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”

Lafayette Fire Department wants to share safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.

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

The LFD will hold a “drive-by” parade on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fire Prevention Bureau at 2100 Jefferson St. Parents will be able to drive through the parking lot where the LFD will have a fire truck, aerial ladder and a fire safety house on visual display. The first 200 children will receive a goody bag along with pizza and a drink. Sparky will also be on hand to wave at the kids as they pass by.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Lafayette, please contact the Lafayette Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau at (337) 291-8704.  For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit www.fpw.org.

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