Fire Prevention Week
Each year, North Metro Fire Rescue District kicks off the month of October with special events centered around Fire Prevention Week in coordination with the National Fire Protection Association. This year, due to COVID-19, we are incorporating new ways to share important safety messaging through fun and socially distanced or virtual activities.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen™”.
Why Cooking Safety Matters
- Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
- Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen.
- Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries. Hot liquids from coffee and even microwaved soup can cause devastating injuries.
North Metro Fire is hosting a variety of events and online activities in coordination with Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10. Each event is free and open to all families.
Fire Prevention Week Art Contest - Sept. 1-25
During the month of September, North Metro Fire is holding an art contest and invites young artists in Broomfield and Northglenn (Grades K-12) to submit artwork that illustrates this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” Winners of the art contest will get a pizza dinner delivered to their house by North Metro firefighters! Find out more about the art contest and submit your entries by Sept. 25.
Fire Safety Scavenger Hunt - Oct. 4-10
North Metro Fire is introducing its first fire safety scavenger hunt this year as a fun way for families to learn about kitchen and fire safety. Using either the GooseChase app or a downloadable scavenger hunt checklist, residents will have a variety of tasks to complete and items to find over the course of the week to earn points. Prizes will be awarded to those who complete the scavenger hunt.
To kick off the scavenger hunt, North Metro Fire will host activities at various fire stations on Saturday, October 4. Check back soon to learn more on how you can sign up and participate!
Story Time with North Metro Fire - Tuesday, Oct. 6
Facebook Live Event
This year, we will host a special story time virtually with our life safety educators through our Facebook page. Tune in at 10 a.m. for story time and a special safety message.
Serve Up Safety Food Drive - Saturday, Oct. 10
Northglenn Location TBD
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
North Metro Fire Headquarters
101 Spader Way, Broomfield
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
North Metro Fire is partnering with local food banks in Broomfield and Northglenn to collect non-perishable food for those in need, while also sharing important safety messages with our community.
We invite residents to fill out a kitchen safety checklist, and bring the completed checklist and at least one non-perishable item to one of the above locations. In return, we will give you a special North Metro Fire goody bag and fun safety activities to complete at home.
Hot, Not Hot and Sometimes Hot
This interactive video is a great way for children to practice identifying items that are hot, sometimes hot, and not hot. Children younger than 5 years old are at the highest risk for burn injuries. Burn injuries in young children most frequently occur from contact burns that result from touching a hot object, such as a stove top or an iron. Young children also experience a high number of burns from hot liquids (scalds), such as hot coffee, soup, or boiling water.
Kitchen Safety Tips to Remember
Follow these tips to prevent fires in the kitchen:
- 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. Download the "Kid-Free Zone Marker" to show your kids what three feet actually is around the stove.
- Don’t leave combustible materials close to a cooking surface while in use.
Aside from kitchen safety, we also want to remind families to plan and practice their exit drills at home at least once a year. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Download an example exit plan to draw on. Visit each room and find two ways out. Additionally, check and ensure that all of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working properly and have not expired.