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Fire House Facts: 10/29/2017-11/4/2017
Kitchen Fire

From Sunday October 29, 2017 through Saturday November 4, 2017 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 232 emergency calls for service:

  • 5    General Fire Response
    Including: Smoke coming from a school’s a/c unit, and various alarms
  • 1    Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist Rural Metro with an emergency medical call in the Foothills
  • 19   Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving a pedestrian, 1 involving motorcycles (2),  1 involving a wall, 1 rollover, and 1 involving a vehicle in a dry canal
  • 189  Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 16 for difficulty breathing, 8 for chest pain, 25 for falls, 10 for unconscious people, 7 seizure cases, 3 possible stroke cases, 5 for intoxicated persons, 3 for people under the influence of drugs, 1 drug overdose, 12 for people with psychiatric problems, 3 for medical alarms, 1 for children locked in a vehicle, 3 for allergic reactions, 14 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 3 for fevers, 3 for diabetic emergencies, 16 for man down calls, 4 for uncontrolled bleeding,  1 for bad headaches, 1 for a gunshot wound, 1 for poisoning (someone reportedly ate some oleander branches),  3 for assaults, 1 for back pain, 3 for abdominal pain, 1 pregnancy related, 1 for a deceased person, 1 for lacerations, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 18   Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  1 for assisting YPD with aerial photos of serious crash scene, 1 for a debris fire in an alley, 1 for blown power transformers, 1 for a dumpster fire at an apartment complex, 1 for small brush fire in vacant lot, 1 for illegal burning of trash, and various alarms

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Cooking equipment was the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, causing 46% of home fires that resulted in 19% of the home fire deaths and 44% of the injuries. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires are started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. Unattended cooking was a factor in one-third (33%) of reported home cooking fires and half (49%) of the associated deaths.

Recently we have had several fires in homes that were cooking fires. Fortunately, there were no injuries involving these fires, and damage was minimal, but they do serve as reminders to “Watch what you Heat” and never leave stove top cooking unattended. As we head into the holiday season (just a couple weeks away, WOW!), remember that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

So, never leave things cooking unattended on the stove, keep clutter away from cooking surfaces, wear clothing without loose dangling sleeves, have a “Kid Free Zone” of at least 3 feet from cooking surfaces and always turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to prevent children from grabbing handles and spilling hot stuff onto themselves

For more information about fire and injury prevention classes we offer, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855, you can also “Follow” us at www.twitter.com/YumaFireDept