October is Fire Prevention Month, and firefighters say cooking fires are the number one cause of residential fires.
The Corpus Christi Fire Department conducted a kitchen fire demonstration at Del Mar College's West Campus Wednesday as part of Fire Prevention Month.
Firefighters say cooking fires are the number one cause of residential fires, and they offered several tips to prevent one from happening in your home.
For example, grease fires: Firefighters say to never pour water on the flames. Instead, place a lid over the fire, and if you don't have a lid, remove the pan from the heat source.
Their demonstration illustrated just how dangerous a kitchen fire is.
"One thing to remember is big fires start small," CCFD Captain James Brown said. "It starts small, but if you don't handle it the correct way, not only will the house be destroyed but someone could be seriously injured."
Captain Brown said you want to remember the fire triangle -- fuel, heat and oxygen. Take any one of those away, and the fire goes out. After covering the pan with a lid, turn off the heat, go outside and dial 911.
The National Fire Protection Association says most residential fires occur as the cooler months come around. They had some more safety tips to keep in mind:
- Have working smoke alarms, and always check the batteries monthly.
- Do not leave food cooking on the stove unattended, and never overload electrical outlets.
- Keep heaters at least three feet from anything combustible, and keep matches and lighters out of reach from children.
- It is important to always have an escape plan in place in case a fire breaks out.
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