Lawrenceburg Fire Department are offering safety tips during Fire Safety Month in October.

The Lawrenceburg Fire Department released the following information on Thursday:

"October is Fire Safety Month . Did you know kitchen fires are the leading cause of fires every year ? Listed below are some tips and information from the National Fire Academy to help keep you and your loved ones safe when cooking at home .

: Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.
Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking at high temperatures.

If you must leave, turn off the burner.

When simmering food on the stove or baking in the oven, set a timer to remind you that you are cooking. It is very easy to get distracted by electronics and lose track of time.

:Many home cooking fires happen on the kitchen range.
Before you turn on the heat, move dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains — anything that can burn — away from the stove.

When you are finished, wipe up any spills or food left on the stove.

:Frying is the greatest risk for a home cooking fire.
Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking at high temperatures, like frying, boiling and grilling.

When oil gets too hot, it can easily start a fire. Keep a pot lid or a cookie sheet nearby when you are cooking at high temperatures.

If the pot starts to flame, put the lid or cookie sheet over the pot, turn off the heat and let it cool.

:Have a 3-foot safety zone around stoves and grills.

:Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge. Always keep a lid nearby when you cook. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, slide the pan lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, leave the lid on until the pan has cooled."