Bristol Fire Company (Station 51) is reminding everyone that this year Fire Prevention Week starts on Sunday, October 6 and runs through Sunday, October 13, with the theme “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” since more of us will be cooking, baking and roasting our favorite holiday meals. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
• Keep appliances serviced, clean, and in good repair.
• Unplug electric appliances when not in use.
• Install a smoke detector near, but not in the kitchen.
• Use caution when lighting the pilot light or burner on a gas stove.
• Don’t use metal in the microwave.
• Don’t overfill pots or pans with oil or grease.
• Wipe up spills and don’t cook on a dirty stove.
• Always roll up long sleeves and tie back long hair when cooking.
• Never leave cooking food unattended.
• Keep dish towels, pot holders, and paper towels away from the stove.
According to Lorraine Charlie, Vice President of Communications for the National Fire Protection Association, kitchen fires account for over 400 house fires per day in the United States, and the number one cause of those fires is unattended cooking.
Fire Chief Herb Slack wants to urge community members to be smart and safe while in the kitchen this fall.
“Three out of every five kitchen fire injuries happen when people try to fight it on their own. We urge everyone to take the necessary precautions when cooking and to be safe and aware while in the kitchen,” said Chief Slack.
Station 51’s Fire Prevention Open House, Sunday, October 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
For more tips about fire safety please join Station 51’s Fire Prevention Team in the Wal-Mart parking lot at Route 13 & 413 in Bristol on Sunday, October 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Fire Prevention team will be there teaching and demonstrating lessons on how to prevent house fires and how to stay safe if one were to occur. There will also be a lot of fun activities including a moon bounce, a DJ playing the today’s latest hits, along with free snacks and candy.
For more information or are interesting in becoming apart of the company please call 215-785-1975. You can also visit www.bristol51.com or www.facebook.com, keyword “Bristol Fire Company.” The Bristol Fire Company is located at 198 Wood Street in Bristol.
Editors Note: To schedule a kitchen safety media interview with Bristol Fire Company (Station 51) please call Leza Raffel (215-884-6499)