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Cooking Safety in Kitchen

The City of Carlsbad’s Fire Department is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association, 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!” During the week of October 4 to 10, the city will share information to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.   

According to National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Nationally 66 percent of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. Locally, the city’s Fire Department responds to an average of 144 residential fires a year, including 11 oven fires a year with 2018 being the busiest year with 18 reported oven fires.

“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Medi Maldonado, Fire Prevention Specialist. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”

The city’s Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.

“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” said Darcy Davidson, Assistant Fire Marshal. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”

The city wants to share safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
  • You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

The city’s Fire Department is hosting a series of activities and videos in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”, including:

  • October 4 to 10, watch for shared videos and kitchen safety tips released
  • Thursday, October 8, Virtual Culinary Lab, noon to 1 p.m.

Join the city’s Senior Center’s weekly Culinary Lab on Zoom for a live meet-up talking about kitchen safety topics, including how to prevent scalds or burns and reminders to not leave the kitchen while cooking. Sign up through www.carlsbadconnect.org

  • Saturday, October 10, Live Virtual Fire Station Open House, 10 a.m.

Join our virtual open house hosted at Fire Station 3 through the city’s Facebook Live Join our firefighters as they cook up some brunch in the firehouse kitchen! Captain Matt will discuss cooking safety tips and be available to answer your fire-related questions. Enjoy prize giveaways and a special appearance from our favorite firehouse pooch, Sparky!  

Find out more information about the city’s Fire Prevention Week activities on the city’s website.

Related information

Fire Prevention Week, National Fire Protection Association

More information

Darcy Davidson, assistant fire marshal, 760-602-4662, to Darcy.davidson@carlsbadca.gov

October 2, 2020