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October 8-14 Proclaimed Fire Prevention Week in Mississippi

State Supports 2006 National Fire Prevention Week Theme –"Prevent Cooking Fires-Watch What You Heat"
 

From: Mississippi Insurance Department          Filed 10/9/06  GCN
 

Jackson –Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal George Dale announced today that

Governor Haley Barbour has proclaimed the week of October 8-14, 2006 Fire Prevention Week

in Mississippi. The state joins the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in promoting the

2006 National Fire Prevention Week Theme – "Prevent Cooking Fires-Watch What You Heat."

 

"Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection

Association (NFPA). The latest statistics from NFPA say that one out of every three home fires

started in the kitchen and more than 100,000 fires a year were related to cooking. This year’s

Fire Prevention Week theme reminds us that leaving cooking unattended and other unsafe

kitchen practices are a recipe for disaster," said Dale.

 

In 2005, cooking fires were listed as the cause of 893 residential structure fires in Mississippi.

Through September 15 of 2006, cooking fires are listed as the cause of 475 residential structure

fires in the state. During Fire Prevention Week in Mississippi, the State Fire Marshal’s Office

and fire departments throughout the state will be promoting safe kitchen and cooking practices.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office will also be distributing fire safety information at the Mississippi

State Fair which runs through October 15.

 

Some good kitchen and cooking safety tips to remember are:

 

• 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.

 

• Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles (e.g. potholders, towels, rags, drapes

and food packaging).

 

• Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of three feet

(1 meter) around the stove.

 

• If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed.

Never open the door until the fire is completely out. If in doubt, get out of the home and

call the fire department.

 

• Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother

the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (make sure you are wearing the oven

mitt). Turn off the burner and slide the pan off the burner. To keep the fire from

restarting, do not remove the lid until it is completely cool. Never pour water on a grease

fire. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the fire department.

 

• If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from

burning you or your clothing. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call the

fire department.

 

For more information visit the State Fire Marshal’s Office webpage on the Mississippi Insurance

Department Website at www.doi.state.ms.us.

 

 

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