The brave men and women of the fire service are first responders who eliminate fire related hazards and help keep our local communities safe. Often times, firefighters handle threats caused by food left on the stove—the leading cause of U.S. home fires and fire injuries, as well as the third leading cause of fire deaths. In addition to extinguishing frequent cooking equipment fires, these heroic public servants must also educate the public about safe cooking practices to prevent future incidents.
Firefighters are committed to the meaningful work that life, property, and the environment in the districts they serve. Food on the Stove is dedicated to giving back to these expert rescuers by addressing the leading cause of death among firefighters: heart disease. The life expectancy of a firefighter is 10-15 years less than that of employees in other industries due to health-related illnesses such as sudden cardiac arrest, cancer, and diabetes. While firefighters extinguish fires caused by food on the stove, our organization promotes safe and heart-healthy eating habits to improve the food on their stoves and, ultimately, protect their quality of life.
Food on the Stove increases awareness about health and wellness within the fire service by providing tools and resources to help members maintain healthier lifestyles with heart healthy eating practices and fitness activities.