Fire Prevention Week sparks kitchen safety awareness - Tucson News Now

Fire Prevention Week sparks kitchen safety awareness

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In preparation of National Fire Prevention Week, the Tucson Fire Department reminds the public to be aware of fire dangers in the kitchen.

Two out of every five home fires and most home fire-related injuries are caused by unattended cooking, according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association.

TFD officials suggest the following tips to help prevent a fire from starting in the kitchen or at home:

- 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 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.

National Fire Prevention Week lasts from Oct. 6 through Oct. 12.

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