Carter Ford State Farm teams up with the Batesville Fire Department to serve up kitchen safety

Pictured left to right; State Farm Agent Carter Ford, Captain Mark McCollum, Lt. Clint Stark, Chris Seat

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm Agent Carter Ford are teaming up with the Batesville Fire Department to support Fire Prevention Week, an annual public awareness campaign promoting home fire safety.  

State Farm Agents are delivering Fire Prevention Week toolkits to more than 2,500 fire departments across the country, including Batesville Fire Department.

Each toolkit includes resources for Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10, 2020), including brochures, magnets, posters, and more.

The Fire Department will be sharing these resources with schools and communities this fall in support of the campaign.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” focuses on cooking fire safety.

Home cooking fires represent the leading cause of all fires with nearly half, 49 percent, happening in the kitchen. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of these fires. 

“The good news is that the majority of kitchen fires are highly preventable,” said State Farm Agent Carter Ford. “These great kits will help our fire departments spread the news to always stay focused when you’re in the kitchen and never leave the kitchen unattended.”   

“We are grateful to Carter Ford State Farm for supporting the Batesville Fire Department through this program,” said Captain Mark McCollum of the Batesville Fire Department.  

Key messages around this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign will include the following:

  • Keep a close eye on what you’re cooking; never leave cooking unattended
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — at least three feet away from your stovetop.
  • Be on alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen,” visit

Contact Carter Ford, your local State Farm Insurance agent, at (870) 793-5422 or e-mail him at

Content paid for by Carter Ford with State Farm Insurance.

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