Lower Merion Township, PA - The Lower Merion Fire Department in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association have issued the following information that all citizens should know about home fires.  Today is the fourth day of National Fire Prevention Week. 

Be Careful When Cooking

  • Between 2011 and 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to a per year average of 170,200 home structure fires that involved cooking equipment. These fires caused a per year average of 510 civilian deaths, 5470 civilian injuries, and $1.2 billion in direct property damage.
  • From 2011 to 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 466 home cooking fires per day.
  • Cooking is tied for the second leading cause of home fire deaths.
  • Unattended cooking is the leading factor contributing to these fires. Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.
  • Ranges, or cooktops, accounted for the majority (62%) of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 13%.
  • More than half of all cooking-fire injuries occurred when people tried to fight the fire themselves.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Easter, and Christmas.

The Lower Merion Fire Department comprises a combination of volunteer and professional firefighters that work side by side to better the lives of citizens in Lower Merion and Narberth.    

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The LMFD serves Lower Merion Township and Narberth Borough and is comprised of the following seven volunteer fire companies:

Should you need additional information or are considering volunteering go to the LMFD Answer the call website

To learn more about the National Fire Protection Association and Fire Prevention Week go to the official website www.nfpa.org/fpw.

The TAPInto team will be sharing information daily with its readers about the LMFD and Fire Prevention Week.  Check back often for updates.