The Prince William County Fire & Rescue System is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!" The campaign, which runs October 4th – 10th, educates the public about cooking hazards and how one can take small, yet important actions to prevent cooking-related fires -- the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
NFPA states that, in 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 172,900 home structure fires due to cooking, that's an average of 470 home cooking fires per day with Thanksgiving and Christmas as peak days for home cooking fires. These types of fires resulted in 550 deaths, 4,820 injuries and over $1 billion in property damage. The leading cause of kitchen fires, in which individuals sustain injuries or worse, is unattended cooking.
Chief Tim Keen of the Prince William County Fire and Rescue System states, "Some of our fondest memories are times spent in the kitchen, with family and friends, while preparing a delicious meal. Yet, when cooking, we must always be vigilant in protecting ourselves and our loved ones, by taking the necessary precautions in preventing home fires and home fire injuries."
Due to COVID-19, the Prince William County Fire & Rescue System will host virtual Open Houses of our various fire stations, beginning Sunday, October 4th through Saturday, October 10th, in support of this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!". Please visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PWCFireRescue) to view the virtual tours.
For more information about Fire Prevention Week and general fire and life safety prevention, visit the National Fire Protection Association www.fpw.org, www.nfpa.org, and the U.S. Fire Administration www.usfa.fema.gov/.