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National Fire Prevention Week - October 6 - 12, 2013

Fire Safety Trailer will be visiting several schools
In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week – October 6 – 12, 2013 the City of Wilkes-Barre Fire Department will have the Fire Safety Trailer at the following school locations: Monday, October 7 Dodson Elementary School Tuesday, October 8 Kistler Elementary School Wednesday, October 9 Dan Flood Elementary School Wednesday, October 16 Wilkes-Barre Academy Thursday, October 17 Solomon Elementary Friday, October 18 Heights Elementary
The City of Wilkes-Barre Fire Department is joining thousands of other fire departments across the nation to commemorate Fire Prevention Week, Oct 6 – 12th, “Prevent Kitchen Fires”.  Why?  Because cooking is the leading cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association and they happen on average of 156,000 per year nationally.
Often when were called to a cooking-related fire, the resident tells us they only left the kitchen for a few minutes.  Sadly that’s all it takes for a dangerous fire to start.  There is really no safe time to leave to leave the kitchen while cooking.  Here are a few key points to remember.
  • ∙ Stay in the kitchen at all times while cooking.  If you must leave turn the stove off.
  • ∙ Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles like pot holders, towels, drapes   food and packaging materials.
  • ∙ If you have young children, use the back burners whenever possible.  Keep children at least three feet away from cooking areas.
  • ∙ If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off and keep the door closed.  Never open the door until the fire is completely out.  If in doubt, leave the home and call 911.
  • ∙ If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan making sure you are wearing an oven mitt.  Never pour water on a grease fire.
A cooking fire can turn deadly.  We have seen too many kitchens and homes that have been destroyed and people injured that could have been easily avoided.  Please heed these simple safety rules to better protect you and your family from fire.

(From Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief Jay Delaney)

In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week – October 6 – 12, 2013 the City of Wilkes-Barre Fire Department will have the Fire Safety Trailer at the following school locations:
  • Monday, October 7 Dodson Elementary School
  • Tuesday, October 8 Kistler Elementary School
  • Wednesday, October 9 Dan Flood Elementary School
  • Wednesday, October 16 Wilkes-Barre Academy
  • Thursday, October 17 Solomon Elementary
  • Friday, October 18 Heights Elementary 
 

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