Officials Offer Fire Safety Tips

State officials are taking this week to remind people about fire safety.

According to the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office, this year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”

According to the latest National Fire Prevention Association research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires, with two out of every five home fires beginning in the kitchen.

Also, cooking fires are the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.

The state Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner’s Office said that 13 Georgians have died as a result of unattended cooking fires this year, while 14 Georgians perished in cooking fires in all of 2012.

Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has urged people to remember a number of important kitchen fire safety tips.

They include:

  • Staying in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food
  • Turning off the stove if you must leave the room, even for a short period of time
  • Check food that is simmering, baking, or roasting regularly and use a timer to remind yourself
  • Using the stove’s back burners when possible if you have young children and keeping children and pets three feet away from the stove
  • Wearing clothes with tight-fitting sleeves while cooking
  • Keeping anything that can burn away from the stovetop
  • Cleaning up food and grease from burners and stovetops

Other important general fire safety tips include:

  • Having a working smoke detector with fresh batteries
  • Replacing damaged or loose electrical cords
  • Blowing out all candles when leaving the room or going to bed and avoiding the use of candles in areas where people may fall asleep
  • Keeping flammable materials and children at least three feet away from heating equipment