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 DateLocationAddress TimeProgram
Pre-FPWMon., Oct. 10Safety Town8910 Jewella Ave.9:30 a.m.Fire Escape Plan
Tue., Oct. 11Summer Grove Pre-school8924 Jewella Ave.9:30 a.m.Pluggie
Tue., Oct. 11VOA- Fire Safety for Adults1133 South Pointe Pkwy2:00 p.m.Fire Safety Demo
Wed., Oct 12Little Union Learning Center1846 Milam Street9:30 a.m.Pluggie
Wed., Oct 12Goldman School351 Jordan Street2:00 p.m.Fire Safety Demo
Thurs., Oct 13University Elementary School9900 Smitherman Dr9:30 a.m.Fire Safety Demo
Fri., Oct. 14Brown E. Moore Head Start409 Janet Lane9:30 a.m.Pluggie Demo.
Sat., Oct 15Mooretown & Hollywood HeightsHollywood@Jewella10am-12noonSmoke Alarm Campaign