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Fire Prevention Week is coming up fast and our Victoria Fire Departments are here to offer their support!

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm Agents Diana Escalante and Eli Sauseda are partnering with Victoria Fire Department for the annual public awareness campaign that promotes home fire safety. It's something that goes back over 90 years with the National Fire Protection Association.

Fire Prevention Week is coming up the week of October 4th through the 10th. State Farm Agents will be delivering toolkits to 175 fire departments across Texas, including Victoria. These kits include brochures, magnets, posters, and lots of resources to help us all share this important safety information in the Crossroads. These items will be shared with schools and at community events this fall.

This year's campaign is "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen". Home cooking fires represent about half the fires that take place in the kitchen nationwide. The culprit is usually an unwatched stove.  State Farm Agent Escalante says, “The good news is that the majority of kitchen fires are highly preventable. These great kits will help our fire departments spread the news to always stay focused when you’re in the kitchen and never leave the kitchen unattended.”
Even though it's still August, VFD wants to get the word out now so schools and community organizations can get the info ahead of time in order to be able to participate in the initiative in October.
Some of the tips to remember from our friends at State Farm and Victoria Fire Department include:
  • Keep a close eye on what you’re cooking; never leave cooking unattended
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — at least three feet away from your stovetop.
  • Be on alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
 Additional info for this year's campaign can be found at

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