Fire Prevention Week 2020

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Fire Prevention Week: October 4-10, 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

Mayor Keffer Proclaims October 4-10, 2020 as Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week Press Release


October 7, 2020 – Upper Darby Township’s Fire Department 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.”

Mayor Barbarann Keffer and the Upper Darby Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme. “Thank you to the NFPA and our new Fire Chief, Derrick Sawyer, for partnering in this important effort to raise awareness of fire prevention strategies,” said Mayor Keffer.

“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” said Fire Chief Derrick Sawyer. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented. I want to thank Mayor Keffer for recognizing the importance of Fire Prevention by proclaiming the week of October 4-10 as Fire Prevention Week in Upper Darby Township.”

The Upper Darby Fire Department wants 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.

To find out more about Fire Prevention, Fire Safety, and Emergency Preparedness in Upper Darby, please contact the Upper Darby Fire Department Community Risk Reduction at (610)-734-7674 or email us