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October 8-14 is National Fire Prevention Week

As Fire Prevention Week approaches, Mena and Polk County’s Fire Departments reminds residents:

“Cooking safety starts with you. Pay attention to fire prevention.”

The City of Mena Fire Department and Polk County’s Fire Departments is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention WeekTM (FPW)  for more than 100 years — to promote this year’s FPW campaign, “Cooking safety starts with you. Pay attention to fire preventionTM.” 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%) 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.”

The Mena and Polk County Fire Departments encourages all residents to embrace the 2023 Fire Prevention Week theme, “Cooking safety start with you,” said Mena Fire Chief Steve Egger. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”

Local Fire Departments offers 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. 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 schedule  FPW programs in Mena, please contact the Mena Fire Department at 479-394-1234. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking safety, visit For fire safety fun for kids, visit

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