“Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™
Mon. Oct 5th 2020

Happy National Fire Prevention Week!

“Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™

Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Company 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.” 

Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Company encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme. Sharing the message with all members of the family. 

“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” said Paul Lester, Assistant Chief. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. With all the technology in the kitchens, it can certainly make the food taste better, but also increases the risk of distractions for the cooks. Members have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires and accidents in the kitchen that could easily have been prevented by staying focused and properly cleaning the appliances after usage. We want meal time to be fun and safe for all families in the township."

Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Company 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. 
  • Remember to keep fire extinguisher in your home and near the kitchen.

Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Company is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” Please watch our social media pages and website for events happening around the township this month. 

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Loyalsock Township, please contact the Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Company either by Phone: 570-323-3603 or by  For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit


57 entries in the News

57 entries in the News

© 2021 Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Company