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Fire Prevention Week: October 4-10, 2020
It is Fire Prevention Week, and usually local fire departments visit our schools to share information, most times with our kindergarten students. In lieu of their usual Open House event,
South Media Fire Company put together a video to share with our students and families. Check out what junior firefighters (and Strath Haven High School students) William Ernst '23, Hannah Driscoll '22, and Murphy Yarborough '22 have to say! Intro by Chief Max Hopkins.
Fire Prevention Week has been held during the first week of October since President Calvin Coolidge issued a proclamation in 1925. Fire companies across the United States engage in public education on topics such as home safety plans, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, the importance of sleeping with your door closed, and this year's theme "Serving Up Safety In The Kitchen".
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
Safety Tips to Prevent a Cooking Fire:
• Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
• If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
• You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
• Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
• Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
Learn more about Fire Prevention Week here.
Thanks, South Media Fire Company for sharing your message of home safety with our families, and thank you to our local firehouses for all that you do for our community!