|Fire News Release||San Carlos Fire Department|
600 Elm Street
Phone: (650) 802-4300
Fax: (650) 595-6790
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||PRESS RELEASE #10032013|
|Subject :||Fire Prevention Week & Kick-Off Event on Sunday, October 6, 2013|
|Contact :||Uli Peretz, Deputy Fire Marshal, Fire Department 650-780-7400|
|Redwood City Fire Department Reminds Redwood City and San Carlos Residents to 'Prevent Kitchen Fires' |
Redwood City, CA, October 3, 2013—It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 the Redwood City Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to 'Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During this year's fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires--most of which result from unattended cooking—and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.
The kick-off event will be held on Sunday, October 6th from 11am to 3pm in downtown Redwood City in front of Fire Station 9 at 755 Marshall Street.
The event will include live fire demonstrations, fire equipment display, children inflatable play-land and other children activities, fire extinguisher training, free smoke alarm installation sign-up, emergency & disaster preparation and information will be provided by several local, county and federal agencies and non-profit organizations including CERT, American Red Cross, FEMA, Sheriff’s Office OES, Peninsula Humane Society, San Mateo County Environmental Health, Redwood City Police Department and the Consumer Safety Product Commission.
The free smoke alarm installation program is provided by Rebuilding Peninsula Together.
Free hotdogs and water will be provided by the event sponsor SIMS Metal Management.
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 Fire Chief Skinner. "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:
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- 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 feet 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.
- Place a fire extinguisher at an accessible location.
Uli Peretz, Deputy Fire Marshal
Redwood City Fire Department