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Fire safety push focused on kitchens

The Leader staff
Members of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department are preparing for Nation Fire Prevention week, coming up in early October.

BATH - The National Fire Protection Association and State Farm insurance are teaming up with the Bath Volunteer Fire Department to support Fire Prevention Week, an annual public awareness campaign promoting home fire safety.

State Farm Agents are delivering Fire Prevention Week tool kits to more than 2,500 fire departments across the country, including Bath Fire Department, according to John Conrad Sr., Bath Volunteer Fire Department spokesman. Each kit includes resources for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, including brochures, magnets, posters and more.

The Fire Department will be sharing these resources with schools and communities this fall in support of the campaign.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week 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, Conrad said.

Unattended cooking is the leading cause of these fires.

“The good news is that the majority of kitchen fires are highly preventable,” said State Farm agent Brian McDonald. “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.”

Key messages around this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign include:

• 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 stovetop.

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

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen,” visit fpw.org.