Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011, resulting in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 civilian injuries and $853 million in direct damage. -Two of every five home fires started in the kitchen. -Unattended cooking was the most frequent cause. -Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials. -Microwave ovens are one of the leading home products associated with scald burn injuries not related to fires. -Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of home cooking fires, but these incidents accounted for 15% of the cooking fire deaths. -Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking and hot food and drinks than being burned in a cooking fire. -So, never leave things cooking on the stove unattended, 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
Just this week alone we have had two fires in homes that were cooking fires. In one case the damage to the house was significant enough that the home could not be reoccupied until after repairs could be made. Fortunately, there were no injuries involving these fires, but they do serve as reminders to “Watch what you Heat” and never leave stove top cooking unattended.
On Tuesday October 11, 2016, at about 6:15 pm, a fire was reported in a home located in the 1400 block of South 7th Avenue. Arriving Yuma Fire Department personnel found smoke inside the residence. The fire had been put out by a resident with a garden hose but not before it had reached the cabinets and ceiling above the stove. Firefighters ensured the fire was out and had not spread into the walls and above the ceiling. The home was able to be reoccupied.READ MORE
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were over 367,500 residential fires in 2014. Are you and your family ready to react if there is a fire in your home? What would you do? Your children practice fire drills in school every month. They know what to do when the fire alarm goes off at school, but that does not mean they know what to do at home.
We would like to introduce you to E.D.I.T.H. (Exit-Drills-In-The-Home). E.D.I.T.H. can help you be prepared to react in a fire emergency in your home. Here are three easy steps to being better prepared:
1. Survey your home. Look for alternate ways out of every room and where you would go if one way was blocked.
2. Make a plan based on what you have found. You can even draw a floor plan of your house showing where all your emergency exits are. Be sure to identify a place where everyone will meet once they get out. This way, you will be able to tell firefighters that everyone is safe, or if someone is missing.
3. Practice your plan with all those who live in the home. This helps children to know what to do. A fire is a frightening experience, and too often children will hide under beds or in closets if they don’t know what else to do. That response is very dangerous.
Smoke Alarms save lives. Batteries should be replaced at least once a year and alarms tested monthly. Combine these tests with doing home fire drills and your children will be more likely to recognize the sound of the alarm and take the proper action in a real emergency.
Don’t forget Saturday October 15th from 9 am until noon there will be a Fire Prevention week Open House at the Public Safety Training Facility, 3575 S. Avenue 4E. Free Admission, displays, demonstrations, refreshments. Come meet your Yuma Fire Department! For more information, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855.READ MORE