Firefighters urge fire safety while cooking


By LisaMarie Sinatra

I came across a couple of news stories that I wanted to share. Both highlight firefighters and their messages to residents about cooking fire safety.

The first story comes from WALB News 10 out of Albany, Georgia where Albany firefighters recently responded to two cooking fires in one day. One of the incidents was caused by turkey legs left cooking on a stove that then caught fire and ignited the cabinets.

Due to the increased number of cooking fires his crew has been responding to as of late, Battalion Chief Matthew Jefferson spoke to reporters with this important, yet personal message, “If you are going to turn on the stove, make sure you stay in the kitchen. That’s my policy. I always stay in the kitchen. If I’m cooking, I stay in the kitchen.”

In other news, in Hutto, Texas, Fire Chief Scott Kerwood asked the question,

During 2007 – 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 156,600 home structure fires involving cooking equipment per year. According to an NFPA report, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries, and unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen.

If we all work together, we can help reduce the number of cooking fires and keep ourselves, family members and friends safer. But it starts with you. NFPA has plenty of great resources that can help you get started. Find them on our cooking fire safety central webpage, including videos, reports, articles, fact sheets and more. Download them all and pass them on to the people you love, today!

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.

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