Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen During Nat'l Fire Prevention Week
By NewsDesk
October 6, 2020

WAYNE, PA – The Radnor Fire Company is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — 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!” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “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 Radnor Fire Company encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme. “The most important step you can take is understanding dangers in the kitchen and knowing what simple things you can take to prevent a disaster," said Joseph Maguire, Radnor's Fire Chief.

Radnor Fire Company wants to share safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.

• Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Thanksgiving is the leading day for fires involving cooking equipment.
• The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
• Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.
• If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home.
• Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it’s cool.
• Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.
• Loose clothing can hang down onto stove burners and catch fire. Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
• Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

Due to the continued COVID-19 restrictions and efforts to keep first responders and the community safe, fire prevention activities will be focused on social media outreach. For any residents or businesses in the Radnor/Tredyffrin community served by the Radnor Fire Company that would like to receive fire safety literature or giveaways, please email

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit the NFPA at