Hudson Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Prevention Association to celebrate the 101th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week, October 8-14. In a home, cooking is the leading cause of home fire and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths. This year's Fire Prevention Week's theme "Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention." is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to understand the important actions they can take when cooking to keep themselves and those around them safe. Hudson Fire Department offers a few key safety tips to help reduce the risk of a cooking fire:
- Watch what you heat. Always keep a close eye on what you are cooking. Set a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.
- Have a "kid-and pet-free zone" of at least 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove or grill and anywhere else hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
Hudson Fire, Police, and EMS are hosting a Safety Services Open House on Monday, October 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring the entire family for an evening of live demonstrations, safety vehicles, and refreshments! For more information, learn more about the Safety Services Open House here.