Fire Prevention Week on the Outer Banks for 2013

Each October, the National Fire Protection Association sponsors a nationwide campaign to highlight the importance of fire safety education. Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12 and this year’s theme is preventing kitchen fires.

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Nationally in 2011, cooking caused 44 percent of reported home fires, causing 470 deaths, more than 5,000 injuries and property damage of $1 billion, according to the NFPA.

North Carolina has about 6,000 reported home fires every year.

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Probably the biggest reason for the national rise in kitchen fires is people forgetting about cooking on a stove top. They put a pan of grease on to warm, which takes some time, and get distracted by a visitor at the door.

Once the oil reaches the self-ignition point it will ignite and burn. Simply covering the skillet with the lid will kill the fuel — oxygen — snuff out the fire. If it’s smoking, don’t pick it up without proper protection because the skillet will be hot enough to cause second- or third-degree burns, which are susceptible to infection. Running cool tap water for 5-10 minutes can help stop the burning process.

It’s so easy to get distracted. One way to remember you have something on the stove; if you leave the stove, carrying an oven mitt as a reminder that you’re cooking.

Safety is always first! Plan NOW how you’re going to handle a fire situation before a fire starts. To help you make a plan, the North Carolina Department of Insurance has created a check list to help .

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