This week is National Fire Prevention Week, and not only is it time to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms, but also for fire departments around the country to deliver safety messages to the public.

This year, the Shreveport Fire Department is focusing on kitchen safety because, according to the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research, “cooking is the leading cause of residential and non-residential building fires.”

In an effort to prevent fire related injury or death, the Shreveport Fire Department is recommending citizens check their smoke alarms and follow fire safety tips:

• Never leave food unattended!
• Turn off the stove even if you have to leave the kitchen for a short period of time.
• Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the stove.
• When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
• Immediately, clean food and grease from burners and the stovetop after each use.

SFD is hosting some Fire Safety Seminars at various places around Shreveport. The public is invited to attend.

Shreveport Fire Department's National Fire Prevention Schedule
Event Date Location Address Time Program
Pre-FPW Mon., Oct. 10 Safety Town 8910 Jewella Ave. 9:30 a.m. Fire Escape Plan
Tue., Oct. 11 Summer Grove Pre-school 8924 Jewella Ave. 9:30 a.m. Pluggie
Tue., Oct. 11 VOA- Fire Safety for Adults 1133 South Pointe Pkwy 2:00 p.m. Fire Safety Demo
Wed., Oct 12 Little Union Learning Center 1846 Milam Street 9:30 a.m. Pluggie
Wed., Oct 12 Goldman School 351 Jordan Street 2:00 p.m. Fire Safety Demo
Thurs., Oct 13 University Elementary School 9900 Smitherman Dr 9:30 a.m. Fire Safety Demo
Fri., Oct. 14 Brown E. Moore Head Start 409 Janet Lane 9:30 a.m. Pluggie Demo.
Sat., Oct 15 Mooretown & Hollywood Heights Hollywood@Jewella 10am-12noon Smoke Alarm Campaign