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For Immediate Release:
October 27, 2020
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Consumer Alert: New York State Division of Consumer Protection Offers Fire Safety Tips During Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month and the Perfect Time to Review and Practice Fire Safety

Winter Months are the Peak Time for Fire-Related Deaths

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP), in partnership with the United States Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC), advises New Yorkers to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” during Fire Prevention Month.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported 499,000 structure fires in the United States in 2018. In New York State alone, 126 civilian home fire fatalities were reported in 2019.  According to NFPA, the top causes of fires include gas leaks, smoking, candles, and electrical problems. Cooking continues to be the number one cause of home fires and home injuries, but it is also highly preventable.

“As we hunker down this winter and approach a holiday season full of home traditions, it is more important than ever that we secure our homes inside and out,” said New York State Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “I encourage all New Yorkers to follow simple tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable season.”

“Fire is the most likely disaster anyone will face,” said State Fire Administrator Francis Nerney. “The good news is that unlike other natural disasters, fire deaths are almost totally preventable. One death is too many if it could have been prevented. With good fire prevention practices and fire safety planning almost all fire fatalities can be eliminated.”

Be alert and use these tips to protect your family and home:

Cooking Safely


Safety Plans

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection serves to educate, assist and empower the State’s consumers. The Division’s Consumer Helpline, 800-697-1220, is available Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Consumer complaints can be filed anytime online at the Division website, You can also request a presentation at, Follow the Division on Twitter at @NYSConsumer or on Facebook at