To kick off National Fire Prevention Month, the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IIANC) launched a new statewide campaign focused on preventing the most common type of house fire: kitchen fires.
By educating North Carolinians on how to “Put the Lid on Kitchen Fires," IIANC, in partnership with the North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshal, hopes to protect families across the state. Kitchen fires are the leading causes of home fires, and unfortunately, one of the deadlier. There have been 79 fire-related fatalities in North Carolina thus far this year, following 133 in 2018 and 117 in 2019.
“IIANC is proud to launch the 'Put the Lid on Kitchen Fires' campaign during this year's Fire Prevention Month," says Monty Ross Jr., chairman of the IIANC Board of Directors. “For more than 20 years, we have led the way in fire prevention education for children through the Operation EDITH program and now are happy to pair that work through this year's focus on kitchen fires. Independent insurance agents always want to make sure that all North Carolinians have the tools and information to protect themselves, their families, and their property."
New challenges to home safety have arisen as people are cooking in their own kitchens more regularly because of COVID-19. Throughout the month, IIANC and its members will share kitchen fire safety content across social media channels that examines the dangers of unattended cooking, the importance of establishing a kids-free zone, preventing grease fires, and ensuring that your home has the right kind of fire-safety technology.
“We appreciate the work of IIANC and its members to promote fire safety year- round," says Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey. “This campaign couldn't be more timely now that more of us are at home, and I encourage all North Carolinians to abide by the lessons learned from 'Put the Lid on Kitchen Fires' to protect their loved ones and homes from fire danger."
For complete information on the Put the Lid on Kitchen Fires campaign, please visit the campaign page.