Redmond, WA –Fire Prevention Week is almost here and the Redmond Fire Department needs your help! Fire Prevention week is October 6-12 and in honor of this, Redmond Fire Department is reminding local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' You may have already heard, but we thought it was a great time to remind you. The City of Redmond Fire Department has been awarded a Vision 20/20 Grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. This grant provides resources to install 2,500 smoke alarms, 15 hearing-impaired smoke alarms, and perform 1,000 home safety visits for families located within the Redmond Fire Department response area.
According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.
"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal, Todd Short. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson."
Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing
· Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
· If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
· When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
· If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
· When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
· Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
· Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
Through this grant, Redmond Fire is able to provide educational Home Safety Assessments, which consist of testing/installing smoke alarms, identifying potential fire/safety hazards, educating residents how to prevent cooking fires, and helping them create an escape plan.
The smoke alarm installations and safety visits are free to Redmond residents and are conducted by Redmond Fire Department personnel.
You may benefit from this service if you don’t have working smoke alarms in each sleeping area and on each level of your home, or you would appreciate assistance in creating a fire escape plan. This service will also identify potential fire hazard risks in your home. The grant targets residents in multi-family buildings (apartments and condominiums) and single family homes.
“Home fire safety assessments, regularly practiced fire drills, and working smoke alarms are essential for your family’s safety”, says Short. “Let Redmond Fire personnel, through our grant, help keep you and your family safe by conducting our 20-30 minute home safety visit and check your smoke alarms”.
If you are interested in having Redmond Fire conduct an informational Home Safety Visit, please call 425.556.2264 or email Kristen Thorstenson at email@example.com. Assessments will be scheduled by appointment only.