First Posted: 1/15/2009
This week is recognized as National Fire Prevention Week. Since more house fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home, the National Fire Protection Association has chosen “Prevent Cooking Fires” as this year's theme.
Linda Hughes, coordinator our county's Safe Kids Coalition, has requested that I include a short fire prevention quiz developed by the NFPA in today's column. She is encouraging children up to age 14 to write their answers, name and phone number on a 3- by-5-inch index card and then mail the completed cards to the following address: Safe Kids Coalition, c/o Linda Hughes, the Robeson County Health Department, 460 Country Club Road. Lumberton, N.C. 28360
All responses should be mailed before Saturday. Contestants earning a perfect score on their fire prevention week pop quiz will qualify for next week's grand prize drawing, which will feature movie passes and pizza compliments of your local Safe Kids Coalition.
Got your pencils and paper ready? Here's your quiz:
1. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is:
a. Burned toast.
b. Unattended cooking.
c. Oven fires.
d. Microwave oven fires.
2. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food, you should:
a. Turn the stove down low.
b. Leave the food cooking as is.
c. Turn off the stove.
d. Cover the food with aluminum foil.
3. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food:
a. Check it regularly, and stay in the home.
b. It is safe to run outside and get your mail.
c. Stay in the kitchen and watch the stove.
d. It is safe to leave the home for an hour.
4. When young children are present:
a. Use the stove's front burners so you can reach them faster.
b. Use the stove’s back burners.
c. Have children sit quietly on the floor so they can’t reach the stove.
d. Have children stand behind you when you are using the stove.
5. Spilled food and grease from burners, stovetops, and ovens should be:
a. Cleaned up to prevent a fire.
b. Kept to a minimum.
c. Covered with paper towels to soak up the grease and food.
d. Left to harden.
6. If a small grease fire starts in a pan:
a. Use baking powder to put the fire out.
b. Smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan, (make sure you are wearing an oven mitt), then turn off the burner.
c. Pour water on the fire.
d. Move the pan to the sink and run water over it.
7. When heating food in the microwave:
a. Use any container that can fit in the microwave.
b. Cover the container with aluminum foil to prevent spills.
c. Use only microwave-safe containers or dishes to heat food.
d. Avoid wearing clothes with loose sleeves.
8. If you have a fire in your microwave:
a. Turn it off immediately and open the door.
b. Turn it off immediately and keep the door closed.
c. Open the door and attempt to put out the fire.
d. Get a lid from a pot or pan to cover the fire.
9. Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of:
a. 3 feet around the stove.
b. 1 foot around the stove.
c. 2 feet around the stove.
d. 1 foot to the right or left of the stove.
10. You should treat a burn with cool water for:
a. 7 to 10 minutes.
b. 5 to 7 minutes.
c. 3 to 5 minutes.
d. cool water isn’t good for a burn .
The answers and the winner will be announced later. Good Luck!
– Melissa Packer is the Public Affairs Officer for the Robeson County Health Department. You may contact her at [email protected].