By Autumn Waite, Snohomish County Fire District 7 Public Information Officer.
It’s Fire Prevention Week October 6 - 12: Protect your Family from Fire!
Snohomish County Fire District 7 invites residents to kick-off Fire Prevention Week at its Annual Open House on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from noon to 4 pm.
The 28th Annual Open House will take place at Fire District 7 Headquarters (8010 180th Street SE, Snohomish).
This free event will include auto extrication demonstrations, tours of the fire safety trailer, fire engine tours and much more!
Fire District 7 is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.
"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Public Educator Autumn Waite. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson."
Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
- If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
- If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
- When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
- Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
- Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.