Electrical failures are a leading cause of home fires every year, including those fires occurring in the kitchen. According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated 160,220 reported U.S. home structure fires per year involving equipment normally used in the kitchen, which resulted in annual averages of 386 reported civilian deaths, 5,002 civilian injuries, and $869 million in direct property damage.
Each year, the Electrical Safety Foundation International supports NFPA’s annual campaign to promote fire safety during Fire Prevention Week. NFPA’s 2013 campaign focuses on preventing kitchen fires, and ESFI’s 2013 “Recipes for Kitchen Safety” resources will assist this effort by identifying risks associated with appliances commonly involved in such fires. ESFI’s supporting campaign materials, which include a checklist, fact sheets, and a comprehensive toolkit, provides users with the resources necessary to identify and remedy electrical issues that are most often involved in kitchen fires.
How to Use this Toolkit
ESFI encourages you to use these resources as part of your Fire Prevention Week activities. These tools will help you to recognize and anticipate dangers associated with common kitchen appliances. Use our checklists to take inventory of your safety devices’ functionality and ensure that your appliances avoid common fire hazards. Keep the tip sheets on hand to remind you how to properly maintain your kitchen, appliances and safety devices to ensure that your kitchen remains electrically safe all year long.
Interested in making electrical safety part of the Fire Prevention Week campaign for your school, community or workplace? ESFI provides all of our safety resources, including this Fire Prevention Week Toolkit, at no cost. We invite you to copy and distribute our resources, but not otherwise revise or alter the material.
For many, cooking is an enjoyable part of the day in which you can be creative and provide the centerpiece for gathering with friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, electrical appliances add a dash of danger when not properly monitored and maintained.
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