Oct 07, 2020
Cumberland County Emergency Services is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for National Fire Prevention Week. This year’s campaign which runs from Oct. 4-10 is “Serve Up Fire 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 the NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Forty-four percent of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other materials.
“Due to COVID-19, community outreach has changed from our normal operations of face-to-face education to more of a virtual setting,” Fire Marshal Kevin Lowther said. “Citizens are encouraged to visit NFPA.org and click on the public education link where they can find many resources to include training videos, handouts, and escape plan templates to educate themselves of various fire safety topics. Citizens are also encouraged to reach out to their local fire departments for additional resources that may be available within the community.”
Cumberland County residents are encouraged to sign up for Cumberland Alerts, a free emergency notification system that sends severe weather, evacuation or protective action information by text, phone or email. Go to the County’s website at co.cumberland.nc.us and click on the Cumberland Alerts icon to sign up or call 910-321-6736.
This press release was produced by Cumberland County. The views expressed are the author’s own.
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