2020: Cooking up Fire Safety in the Kitchen

Practice Safe Cooking Today!

Did you know that most home fires occur in the kitchen? This year’s theme for fire safety week is kitchen safety. Even with home fire sprinklers, homeowners should take the following tips to ensure they are cooking safely.

  • When cooking on a stovetop, make sure any handles aren’t facing outward. This ensures that no one bumps into them.
  • Make sure your stove and oven are clean. Any excess buildup on an oven or stove can cause a fire if left uncleaned.
  • Never throw water onto hot oil. This causes the oil to spread out and jump out of the pan, which can cause severe burns. 
  • In the event of an oil/grease fire, turn off the heat source, smother the fire with a lid, or put baking soda on it. Do not throw water, flour, or baking powder on the fire as this will cause it to spread.
  • Always use a timer to ensure you don’t overcook.
  • Dress for cooking. Loose fitting clothing or dangling jewelry can easily catch fire. Wearing a kitchen apron an rolling up your sleeves will help keep you safe.

Don’t Become a Fire Statistic

Fire doesn’t discriminate.  It can strike at any time and take the innocent lives of children, adults, seniors and pets. Sadly, since January, 24 people have lost their lives in home fires in N.J., and last year 41 people died.  

Whether you live in a condo, townhome, apartment, single or multi-family home, learning about fire safety and putting fire prevention tips into practice can save lives. 

And, installing fire sprinklers in your home can reduce the risk of dying in a home fire by 80 percent and reduce property loss by 70 percent.

Keep your family and home fire-safe

There are a tremendous amount of resources designed for people of all ages from children to seniors to help improve fire safety.  During Fire Prevention Month, please make safety a priority and take a few minutes to review the tips, information, and resources below and then incorporate them into your own fire prevention routine.

Call 1-866-226-6006 to find out more about fire sprinklers, ask questions, and get a list of qualified sprinkler contractors, 

Fire Prevention Week History

Fire Prevention Week was established in 1925 as a National Observance during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire.

The Fire which began on Oct. 8, 1871 destroyed 1/3 of the City of Chicago. Nearly 300 people lost their lives, 100,000 were left homeless, and more than 17,400 structures were destroyed across 2,000 acres of land.

Many believed the fire was started whenMrs. O’Leary’s cow knocked over a lantern, but that myth has never been proven. No matter what the cause, the massive destruction of this fire changed the way firefighters and public officials thought about fire.


Fire Sprinklers Save Lives and Property. Fire Sprinklers can reduce the risk of dying
in a fire by 80%


Property damage is reduced
by 70% when sprinklers
are present


Home fire sprinklers can control and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive


The average cost of installing sprinklers in a new home is only $1.35 per sprinklered square foot (People often pay more per foot for granite countertops)

5 Big Fire Facts


Most home fires occur
between 11 p.m. – 7 a.m.


Only 1/3 of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.


Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries.


Working smoke alarms save lives, cutting
the risk of dying in home fires in half.


Fire may spread more quickly in newer homes that have larger open spaces, are built with lightweight construction materials, and contain furniture stuffed with combustible materials.

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