Fire Prevention Week Focuses on Safety in the Kitchen

firesafetyTraditionally, the Scarsdale Fire Department celebrates Fire Prevention Week by holding its annual Fire Fair. In light of the current Public Health guidelines, the Scarsdale Fire Department has decided not to hold its annual Fire Fair this fall. Even though we will be unable to hold the fair in its traditional manner, we remain committed to providing this service to our community in a virtual manner.

This year’s theme for Fire Prevention week is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen”. The focus on fire safety while cooking is a response to the fact that home cooking fires represents the leading cause of U.S. home fires. Nearly half (49 percent) of all home fires involving cooking equipment, and unattended cooking is the leading cause of these fires.

Key messages of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” will include the following:

Keep a close eye on what you’re cooking; never leave cooking unattended

Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — at least three feet away from your stove top.

Be on alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.

To get this fire safety message out to the public, the Scarsdale Fire Department will be posting several safety messages and videos throughout October on our social media platforms. Check out the sites listed below and be on the lookout for new information and fun throughout the month of October. If you have any question, please contact the Scarsdale Fire Department Fire Prevention office at (914) 722-1221.

Check Out these sites throughout October: