Fire prevention week: Roanoke Fire-EMS shares tips to prevent cooking fires

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — We’re in the midst of Fire Prevention Week, which is recognized all over the country.

The focus, this week, is on cooking fires. As a majority of Americans are cooking more meals from home, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Roanoke Fire-EMS teams share a few tips on how to prevent cooking-related fires.

“This time around we’re actually focusing on safety within the kitchen, home fires most of them start actually by cooking. That’s in the nation and in our hometown of the City of Roanoke.”

Kristin Perdue – Community Risk Reduction Specialist Roanoke Fire EMS

According to the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP), three-percent of cooking fires in Virginia resulted in fatalities. On average, it takes about two minutes for a house fire to become deadly.

“Unfortunately, fires in the home can go quickly, so two minutes is a good rule of thumb because it’s not necessarily the fire that kills you as much as it is the smoke.”

Kristin Perdue – Community Risk Reduction Specialist Roanoke Fire EMS

Have the necessary tools nearby to help put out a cooking fire.

“Have tools nearby to put a fire out if need be, so a lid for a pot make sure you have that close by or a fire extinguisher. Things like that to where if a fire does start you can put it out quickly.”

Kristin Perdue – Community Risk Reduction Specialist Roanoke Fire EMS

Replace your fire alarm batteries twice a year.

“We always recommend to change them twice a year during the time changes. So, every time you change your clock make sure you change your [smoke alarm] batteries.”

Kristin Perdue – Community Risk Reduction Specialist Roanoke Fire EMS

Be prepared for a fire emergency before it’s too late.

“Also make sure you have an evacuation plan, so talk with your kids if you have them involved in it. Where are you going to meet, where is your meeting place, how are you going to get out of the house in each room in your house? Make sure you have that in place before a fire starts.”

Kristin Perdue – Community Risk Reduction Specialist Roanoke Fire EMS

For more information on fire prevention, check out the National Fire Protection Association website by clicking here.

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