October is Fire Prevention Month
updated: Oct 01, 2013, 11:46 AM
Source: Office of Emergency Management
October is Fire Prevention Month and the history of National Fire Prevention Week has its roots in the
Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on October 9, 1871 and in two days destroyed half of the existing
city and left 300 dead and 100,000 homeless.
There are many things that people can do to improve their safety at home, school, or work from a fire!
October 6-12, 2013 has been designated by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) as Fire
Prevention Week. Santa Barbara County is joining forces with the NFPA to remind local residents to
‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During this year's fire safety campaign, the County of Santa Barbara will be
spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires - most of which result from unattended cooking.
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 the fire department is called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents say that they
only left the kitchen for a few minutes. Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. Below are
safety tips that the County of Santa Barbara and the local emergency managers would like to emphasize:
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 (3) 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.
Lastly, as a reminder when a fire happens, there is no time for planning. So, sit down with your family
now and make a step-by-step plan for escaping from a fire in your home. Know where your fire
extinguisher is mounted and make sure everyone in the family knows how to use it. If you do not have
working Smoke Detectors in your home your chances of surviving a fire decrease.
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