State Farm’s Ash, Rural Metro give Fire Prevention Week kitchen tips

The National Fire Protection Association and State Farm agent Laura Ash are teaming up with the Rural Metro Fire Department to support Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-10, an annual public awareness campaign promoting home fire safety.

State Farm Agents are delivering Fire Prevention Week toolkits to more than 2,500 fire departments across the country, including Rural Metro. Each toolkit includes brochures, magnets and posters. The Fire Department will be sharing these resources with schools and communities this fall.

This year’s campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen,” focuses on cooking fire safety. Home cooking fires represent the leading cause of all fires with nearly half – 49 percent – happening in the kitchen. Unattended cooking is the leading cause.

“The good news is that the majority of kitchen fires are highly preventable,” Ash said. “These great kits will help our fire departments spread the news to always stay focused when you’re in the kitchen and never leave the kitchen unattended.”

Tips include: • Never leave cooking unattended • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — at least 3 feet away from your stovetop. • If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.

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