FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2024
CFD Spreads Safety Awareness for Super Bowl Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The Charlottesville Fire Department’s Community Risk Reduction Team would like to remind you to be vigilant in the kitchen this Super Bowl Sunday.
Super Bowl Sunday is an American tradition of football: friends gathered around the TV, family, and game day munchies. It’s the second largest food consumption day of the year, ranking only behind Thanksgiving.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), unattended cooking accounts for over 40 percent of all house fires in the United States. In 2014, cooking was involved in an estimated 166,100 home structure fires that were reported to U.S. fire departments. These fires caused 480 deaths, 5,540 injuries and $1.1 billion in direct property damage.
To keep you and your guests safe this Super Bowl Sunday, follow these kitchen safety tips:
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Heat cooking oil slowly. If the oil starts to bubble or smoke, turn the burner off or back to low.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stove top: oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains.
- Turn handles inward to avoid bumping or knocking hot pots over.
- Keep decorations and flammable items away from open flames.
No matter what team you’re cheering for, we all can be a winner if we practice these fire safety tips.
For more information on cooking fire safety, visit https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/home-fires/prevent-fires/cooking/.
Deputy Chief, Fire Marshal
Charlottesville Fire Department