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Posted on: October 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] CFD Reminds Residents About Cooking Safety

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As Fire Prevention Week Sets in (October 8-14), the Coppell Fire Department reminds residents: “Cooking Safety Starts with YOU. Pay Attention to Fire Prevention.”

The Coppell Fire Department (CFD) and Life Safety Park (LSP) are teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ­‑‑ the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week ‑‑ to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention.” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take when cooking 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. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths. 

“Year after year, cooking remains the leading cause of home fires by far, accounting for half (49 percent) of all U.S. home fires,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of outreach and advocacy at NFPA. “These numbers tell us that there is still much work to do when it comes to better educating the public about ways to stay safe when cooking.” 

“We encourage all residents to embrace the 2023 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Cooking safety start with YOU,” says Fire Chief Kevin Richardson. “A cooking fire can start and grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”

CFD and LSP staff offer these key safety tips to help reduce the risk of a cooking fire:

  1. Watch what you heat. Always keep a close eye on what you are cooking. Stay in the kitchen or set a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  2. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. 
  3. Have a “kid- and pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove or grill and anywhere else hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

To celebrate Fire Prevention Week, the CFD Edutainment Troupe invites you to the Coppell Arts Center on Tuesday, November 7th at 10 AM as they cook up another great educational performance! The show is appropriate for all ages—both young and young at heart—though topics target K-2nd grade minds. Stick around after the show for some photo opportunities. Attendees will also receive some free goodies after the show while supplies last. The show is free but registration is required as spots are limited. Secure your spot here:

For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking safety, visit For fire safety fun for kids, visit

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