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Posted on: October 10, 2023

Fire Prevention Week October 8-14

Fire Prevention Week October 8-14, 2023

Pitt County recognizes Fire Prevention Week 


Janis Gallagher, Manager, Jay Morris, Fire Marshal, Mary Perkins-Williams, Chairwoman

PITT COUNTY, N.C. – Pitt County Emergency Management is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—to promote Fire Prevention Week (FPW) October 8-14, 2023. This year’s FPW campaign “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire preventionTM” works to educate everyone about simple but important actions one can take when cooking to keep 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. 


The Pitt County Board of Commissioners adopted a Fire Prevention Week resolution urging residents to check their kitchens for fire hazards and use safe cooking practices at the September 25 meeting. 


“Fire Prevention Week is a time to emphasize the simple yet powerful actions we can take to prevent fires and protect our homes and loved ones.  Together, let’s all do our part to spread awareness and make fire safety a priority,” says Janis Gallagher, Pitt County Manager.  


The Fire Marshal’s Office encourages everyone to embrace the 2023 Fire Prevention Week theme.


“Emergency Management encourages all citizens to take a closer look at their homes.  Ensure smoke detectors are present and working properly, practice home fire drills, ensure all family members know the correct meeting place and call our office for any advice or to schedule a home fire safety inspection,” says Jay Morris, PCEM Deputy Director/Fire Marshal. 


The Fire Marshal’s Office shares these key safety tips to help reduce the risk of a cooking fire:

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  • Watch what you heat.  Always keep a close eye on what you are cooking.  Set a timer to remind you that you are cooking. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.


The Pitt County Website, and Facebook pages @PittCountyNC and @PittCountyEmergencyManagement will feature special graphics and daily educational posts recognizing FPW.



For more information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking safety, call Emergency Management at 252-902-3950 or visit For fire safety fun for kids, visit


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