State Farm agent Lizette Cochran is teaming up with the East Lake Fire Department 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.
State Farm agents are delivering Fire Prevention Week toolkits to more than 2500 fire departments or schools across the country. Each toolkit includes resources for Fire Prevention Week (October 4-10, 2020), including brochures, magnets, posters and more.
State Farm agents know first-hand the trauma a family faces following a devastating house fire. That’s one reason why the nation’s largest home insurer is taking a proactive approach to working with local fire departments to help communities reduce home fires.
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.
“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” said Lizette Cochran. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”
State Farm and East Lake Fire Dept want 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.
For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit www.fpw.org.
Media can contact State Farm agent Lizette Cochran at 727-786-1082 for questions about the donation.