Fire Prevention Week

This year's Fire Prevention Week slogan is "Prevent Kitchen Fires!" The 2013 Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12 and focuses on importance of preventing cooking-related fires.

Fire Prevention Week was first established by President Wilson in the 1920s to commemorate the Greater Chicago Fire of 1871. It is considered to be one of the longest-running public health and safety observances. The Edina Fire Department strongly urges families to participate in Fire Prevention Week and "Protect Your Family from Fire."

Be sure to visit the Fire Prevention Week website at www.FirePreventionWeek.org to see facts about fire; learn the history of Fire Prevention Week; teach kids about smoke alarms, fire and what to to in an emergency; and test your fire prevention knowledge.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), cooking fires are the leading cause of structural fires and associated injuries. On average, fire departments respond to 155,000 cooking-related fires each year. These fires account for more than $770 million in direct property damage.

The NFPA states that heating equipment is the second-leading cause of all home fires and home fire deaths. The majority of these fires are attributed to failure to clean the build-up of creosote from heating equipment, such as fireplaces and chimneys.

It's also dangerous to keep things that can burn, such as furniture, bedding and clothing, too close to heating equipment. These types of fires cause an average of 1,620 injuries and more than $900 million in damages each year.

To help make you home safer and prevent fire:

  • Do not set or store flammables in or on an over or stove.
  • Always pay attention to your cooking.
  • Keep children away from hot surfaces.
  • Clean fireplaces and chimneys often, depending on use.
  • keep flammable materials a safe distance from any heat source.
  • Inspect appliances for signs of wear, especially around the wiring.
  • Keep flammable materials away from candles and open flames.
  • Never allow candles to burn unattended.
  • Have an escape plan and practice it.

If you haven't done so already, Fire Prevention Week is the perfect time to create and practice an emergency plan. You should also test the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

For more information, call the Edina Fire Prevention Bureau at 952-826-0378. For more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit www.FirePreventionWeek.org.

 

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