Story by: Jackson Cates, MTN Reporter
September 16, 2020
The Smyrna Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Prevention Association for this year's Fire Prevention week to help remind citizens about fire safety in the kitchen.
According to Smyrna Fire Chief Bill Culbertson, being aware of fire safety is the most important step someone can take before making a meal, since cooking fires can grow dangerously fast. Cooking is the leading cause of fire related deaths in America according to the NFPA, with 44% of all home fires starting in the kitchen and 63% first igniting from food or cooking materials. Mayor Mary Esther Reed said Fire Prevention Week will officially be October 4 through 10.
Mayor Reed urges all citizens to join the campaign and start developing better cooking habits to keep them safe in the kitchen.
There are fire safety and prevention tips on the department's website and their Facebook page.