monday, october 7, 2013
All across the country Fire Prevention Week will be observed from Sunday October 6th to Saturday October 12, 2013. This year’s Fire Prevention Week observances started yesterday when Governor Brown and other state officials participated in the 11th Annual California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony to memorialize the sacrifices and dedication of California’s fallen heroes. Today in our nation’s capital, crowds gathered for the 32nd National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service to honor 81 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2012. During this week please join me in honoring the memory of one of our own, Challis Blum end of watch July 9, 1999, and the ultimate sacrifice these heroes gave to make California and our country safe.
According to legend, Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire broke out after a cow - belonging to Mrs. Catherine O'Leary - kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Unlike the events recorded in folklore, we don’t have to look very far to see the devastation that the most recent fires have had in the Bay Area, Central California, and other western states. All of the television interviews carry the stories of individuals that have lost everything, except their lives. Those who survived the ordeal will never forget what they have been through, and the bravery and heroism of the firefighters who saved their lives. In every event, all of the residents echoed a second message, “the flames were huge and the fire moved so fast!” With this statement in mind, I want to encourage every resident, visitor, and business in Angwin to pause for a few seconds and review your fire prevention plans. In order for us to survive a catastrophic event we need to maintain our vigilance and collaboration between residents, visitors, and our fire department. Let us proactively engage in vegetation hazard reduction, clean creosote from solid fuel heating equipment and chimneys, avoid unnecessary risks, keep gutters free of debris, move heaters away from flammable materials, replace frayed electrical cords, practice our home and community evacuation plans. When we collectively perform these and other safety steps we dramatically improve our community’s level of safety.
Again, thank you for your unwavering support, partnership, and efforts to keep Angwin safe.
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Prevent Kitchen Fires
Below are some statistics provided to us by the National Fire Protection Association. Please read them carefully as it is our hope that you can use these nuggets to prevent a kitchen fire in your home.
• U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011, resulting in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 civilian injuries and $853 million in direct damage.
• Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen.
• Unattended cooking was a factor in 34% of reported home cooking fires.
• Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials.
• Ranges accounted for the 58% of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
• Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire.
• Microwave ovens are one of the leading home products associated with scald burn injuries not related to fires. Nearly half (44%) of the microwave oven injuries seen at emergency rooms in 2011 were scald burns.
• Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of home cooking fires, but these incidents accounted for 16% of the cooking fire death.
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Click the link below for some great recipes to enjoy cooking with your child safely in the kitchen!
Fire Safe Recipes!
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