Fire Protection Week in Geauga County
National Fire Protection week this year, is October 4th through the 10th. Fire Prevention Week started as a result of the October 8th, 1871 Great Chicago Fire in which over 250 people were killed, 100,000 people were left homeless, and it destroyed more than 2000 acres of land including over 17000 building structures. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) takes this week to educate children, adults, and teachers the importance of fire safety. This years focus is on safety in the kitchen. According to NFPA, cooking is the #1 cause of fires in a home. They found unattended cooking to be the leading cause of kitchen fires. Burns from scalding liquid are #2 of all burn injuries. NFPA has many tips on staying safe including:
1. Staying in the kitchen while you are cooking
2. Keeping anything that can catch on fire clear from the cooking area.
3. Use a timer
4. Keep handles away from the edge of a stove and countertop
5. Open Microwaved products and oven doors slowly and away from your face.
Preparing Your Family
It is essential that everyone knows what to do to prevent a fire. If you have small children or elderly family members who will require assistance, designate someone specific to do so. Involving family in the plan and practice increases their chances of safety.
No one likes to think about a fire ravaging their home. With a comprehensive education and a fire escape plan, you can teach you family how to stay safe if one should occur.
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