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.
The 2023 Fire Prevention Week theme is “Cooking safety starts with you. Pay attention to fire prevention.™”. Everyone can take simple but important actions to keep yourself and those around you safer when cooking. Follow these tips to avoid fires and injuries in the kitchen, and come join us for one of our Fire Prevention Week events!
- Always keep a close eye on what you’re cooking. For foods with longer cook times, such as those that are simmering or baking, set a timer to help monitor them carefully.
- Keep the cooking area clear of anything that can burn, such as dish towels, oven mitts, food packaging, and paper towels.
- Keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.
- If you have a fire in your microwave or oven, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed until the fire is out. Have the appliance serviced before using it again.
- Create a “kid and pet free zone” of at least three feet around the cooking area and anywhere else hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
- If a fire starts, get everyone out of the house immediately and call 911.
- If you get a minor burn, run the area under cool water for 3–5 minutes. Cover with a clean, dry cloth. If the burn is bigger than your fist, or if you have questions about caring for the injury, get medical help right away.
Schedule of Events
October 7 - Fire Safety Open House and Cookout in Broomfield
- Station 61, 1275 Midway Blvd., Broomfield
- 12 - 2 p.m.
- Inflatable safety house, fire engine and ambulance tours, CPR education, kitchen safety demo, and additional safety activities for the entire family
- Enjoy a hot dog cookout with our firefighters
October 10 - Story Time with the Broomfield Library
October 14 - Fire Safety Open House and Cookout in Northglenn
Steps to Making Your Home Escape Plan (NFPA)
- Draw a map of your home.
- Show all doors and windows.
- Visit each room. Find two ways out.
- All windows and doors should open easily. You should be able to use them to get outside.
- Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working.
- Pick a meeting place outside. It should be in front of your home. Everyone will meet at the meeting place.
- Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.
- Talk about your plan with everyone in your home.
- Make sure everyone in your home knows how to dial 911 or your local emergency number.
- Practice your home fire drill!
Additional Resources from the NFPA
- Cooking Safety Tip Sheet
- Escape Planning Tips
- Exit Plan Template
- Home Safety Tips for People With Disabilities
- Fire Safety Tips for Apartment Residents
- Learn the Sounds of Safety
- All About Smoke Alarms
- Plan de Escape (Espanol)
- Practique el simulacro de evacuación (Espanol)