Press Release: Fire Prevention Week - October 6-12

Posted: 10-Sep-2013

Moraga-Orinda Fire District
Orinda, CA
Moraga-Orinda Fire District Reminds Moraga/Orinda Residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires’

Moraga-Orinda Fire District
1280 Moraga Way
Moraga, CA  94556
Contact: Kathy Leonard, 925-258-4599
Release Date:  September 11, 2013

Moraga/Orinda, September 11, 2013—It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 the Moraga-Orinda Fire District is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters and safety advocates will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires--most of which result from unattended cooking—and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.

According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.

"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Kathy Leonard, Fire Marshal. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson."

Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
  • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
  • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.
  • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.

Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

MOFD will be hosting an Open House and Pancake Breakfast to mark the start of Fire Prevention Week. All proceeds from the breakfast will go to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. Bring the entire family to Station 41 at 1280 Moraga Way, Moraga, on Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 8am-12pm (breakfast will be served at 9am). Meet your local firefighters, learn how to use a fire extinguisher, take a tour of the engines and ambulance and obtain valuable information on what you and your family can to do “Prevent Kitchen Fires!” Through our educational, family-oriented activities, the event will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson.