State Farm agent Bernie Carr is teaming up with the Miami Dade Fire Department and Coral Park Elementary School to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, to promote cooking safety tips through this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Cooking Safety Starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention.™.” from October 8-15, 2023.
State Farm agents are donating over 4,500 “Cooking Safety Starts with YOU” and “Sparky the Fire Dog” fire safety kits to fire departments and elementary schools across the country. In Florida alone, 500 fire kits are being donated by State Farm agents.
According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires, with nearly half (49%) of all home fires involving cooking equipment; cooking is also the leading cause of home fire injuries (42%) and 20% of reported home fire deaths.
“This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign works to highlight when and where cooking fires happen most often, along with simple ways to minimize those risks,” said Lorraine Carli, National Fire Protection Association Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy.
Florida Fire Departments and State Farm agent Bernie Carr are encouraging residents to cook with caution. Everyone needs to make fire prevention an important part of their overall home safety plan. This also is a good time of year to check your smoke alarms to ensure they are functioning.
State Farm Bernie Carr, Miami Dade Fire Department and Coral Park Elementary want to share some valuable cooking safety tips through this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign:
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to prevent spills and burns.
- Always keep a lid nearby when cooking on the stove. If a small fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep kids and pets 3 feet from the stove/oven and where hot foods and liquids are being served.
- Watch what you heat. Set a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
- Be alert. If you are tired or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove/oven.