Created: 10/05/2013 5:39 PM WHEC.com
Next week is Fire Prevention Week and firefighters have some important reminders to help you protect yourself.
Officials tell News10NBC most house fires are caused by accidents in the kitchen. Firefighters say you can minimize accidents by avoiding distractions like talking on the phone. Never leave the room while you're cooking.
Also, you may want to wait until after dinner to have that alcoholic beverage.
Finally, make sure your children steer clear of the oven or any open flames.
Officials also urge you to get involved with community organizations like the CERT, or Community Emergency Response Team. You can find our more information about that program here.