National Fire Prevention Week this year (Oct. 8-14, 2023) focuses on fire safety in the kitchen with the theme “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention.” The Roswell Fire Department joins the National Fire Protection Association and fire departments nationwide in reminding people of the importance of always being aware of the potential dangers while cooking and urges everyone to take steps to prevent a kitchen fire.
Here are some tips from the NFPA to help
everyone “Cook with Caution.”
• Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
• Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
• If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
• Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
• Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
The Roswell Fire Department also urges people to make sure they have adequate smoke detectors in their homes. Properly working smoke alarms decrease the chances of dying in a fire by half. Place smoke alarms on every level of the residence. Place them outside bedrooms on the ceiling or high on the wall, at the top of open stairways, or at the bottom of enclosed stairs, and near (but not in) the kitchen. Test and clean smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year. Replace smoke alarms once every 10 years.
RFD and the American Red Cross have partnered in a program to help provide and install smoke detectors for residents needing assistance in obtaining them. Contact the RFD Fire Prevention Office at 575-624-6830 for more information.
RFD also offers local residents some fire-safety tips related to heating homes, especially as the region will eventually head into the consistently cooler temperatures of fall and winter, times of the year when more heaters and other appliances may be used in homes. RFD asks everyone to remember:
• Use space heaters only as directed by the instructions and keep away from combustibles.
• Do not use extension cords or “power strips” to supply power to space heaters.
• Never leave space heaters or other heat-producing appliances unattended.
• Do not use ovens to heat a room or home. Leaving the door of the oven open for heat can be deadly by allowing carbon monoxide to build up in the room or home.
• Beware of the dangers of using heat lamps, especially to provide warmth for pets. The animals can easily knock them over.
RFD has more fire-safety tips
. Citizens are encouraged to call the Fire Prevention Office at 575-624-6830 with any questions about fire safety and prevention.