Be Safe - Remove Those Christmas Decorations Promptly
Fire Marshal Robert Knappage encourages families to remove the Christmas trees and other decorations as soon as possible. The longer they stay in the home, the more of a fire hazard they become. The National Fire Protection Association offers these tips for Christmas tree disposal.
Fire Safety Connects with Learning
Hey kids, Sparky has his own mobile app and an eBook!
Through real-life stories and interactive games, kids can learn important fire-safety messages to keep their families safe. The mobile app, for grades PreK-2, is packed with animation and games, while the eBook, for grades 3-5, mixes fire-safety messaging with fascinating stories of courage, quick-witted kids, science facts, and more.
Check out Sparky's World
Sachse Fire Rescue Reminds OUR Residents to 'Prevent Kitchen Fires'
Members of Sachse Fire Rescue and Sparky visited schools, daycares, and the Library during Fire Prevention Week. This year's message is 'Prevent Kitchen Fires' and focused on the dangers of kitchen fires--most of which result from unattended cooking--and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.
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 Captain Robert Knappage, Fire Marshal. "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 feet 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.
Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country and is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. This year in Sachse, 484 students and staff attended the Fire Prevention message on kitchen safety.