It's all part of National Fire Prevention Week.
Frederick County fire and rescue personnel will be getting the word out about preventing kitchen fires.
The theme this year for National Fire Prevention Week October 6th through the 12th is "Prevent Kitchen Fires; Start Cooking With Fire Safety."
On Thursday, the County Commissioners and the Division of Fire and Rescue Services announced they will be joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association to encourage citizens to be safe when cooking.
"Keeping an eye on what they're cooking whether it's on the stove top and the oven. Things tend to burn up, smoke detector goes off, and the neighbors smell smoke and hence we show up," says Chris Smothers, the President of the Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.
The National Fire Protection Association says cooking is the leading cause of house fires, and two out of every five home fire originate in the kitchen.
"Never leave your cooking unattended. Stay in the kitchen at all times when you're cooking. Leave your pots and your pot handles turned in so children cannot grab them and pull them over on themselves. They could get burned and seriously injured," said Sherry Sofer, the Chairperson of the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association's Fire Safety and Injury Prevention Committee.
She also says if you have to leave the kitchen, turn off the stove. In addition, when cooking, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves. And keep pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels and anything else that can burn away from a stove top. Finally, clean up any grease or food from burners and stove tops.
"If you have an oven fire, turn the oven off. Do not open the door. Turn the oven off and get out," says Soper. "If you do have a cooking fire of any type, get out. Stay out. Don't go back into the house. Go to a safe place. Go to your neighbors. Call 911, but do not go back in."
Soper also encourages residents to make sure their smoke alarms are in good working order. If you don't have one and the cost is too prohibitive, contact your local fire company. She says they may be able to get you one at no cost and install it for free.
Other fire safety tips include practicing how to escape from your home in case of a fire, and have a place where everyone can meet in the event of an evacuation.
"The easiest the fire to put out is one you can prevent," says Soper.