The Ventura Fire Department urges residents to engage in fire prevention conversations early and often, but also take action on those discussions.
“Cooking safety starts with YOU” is the theme for the 2023 National Fire Prevention Week, happening October 8-14, 2023. This theme serves to help residents understand the simple, but important actions they can take to keep themselves safe from home fires.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries in the United States.
"Cooking fires can grow quickly, homes can be severely damaged, and people injured by fires that can easily be prevented," said Fire Marshal Brett Reed. "Fire prevention is a shared responsibility. By taking simple yet effective steps in our daily lives, we can make our homes safer and prevent devastating cooking-related fires.
Reduce the risk of a cooking fire:
Watch what you heat: Always keep a close eye on what you are cooking and set a timer to remind you of items that may be out of sight in an oven or barbecue.
Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.
Have a “kid- and pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove, grill, and anywhere else hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
Always turn pot handles toward the back of the stove and out of reach of children.