Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
2016’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Don’t Wait-Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”. Fire departments respond regularly to residential smoke alarms sounding, where there are no fires, and residents needing assistance with them. Usually this is just a case of the batteries needing to be replaced, and an alarm the resident is not familiar with. Often this is a late night disturbance for the resident (why does that always seem to happen at 2:00am?) that could have been avoided by regularly changing the batteries.READ MORE
On Monday October 10, 2016, at about 8:40 pm, a fire was reported in a home at 604 South 9th Avenue. Arriving Yuma Fire Department personnel saw smoke coming from the home and all occupants had evacuated safely. Firefighters found that the fire appeared to have been extinguished with a home fire extinguisher but significant damage had been done in the kitchen area. Firefighters confirmed that the fire was out and had not extended into the walls or ceiling areas. They also used ventilator fans to remove the smoke from the home.
It was determined that a pan of oil had been left unattended on the stove and caught fire. One adult and 5 children between the ages of 12 and 16 were home at the time of the fire. The home was not able to be reoccupied without repairs and the American Red Cross provided assistance to the 2 adults and 5 children who lived there.
October 9-15 is National Fire Prevention Week. The most common place for fires to start is in the kitchen. The most common place in the kitchen is the stove top and the most common cause is unattended cooking. Always “Watch what you heat”, safety is no accident.READ MORE
On Saturday October 8, 2016, from 8 am until noon, a multi-agency effort took place in northwest Yuma to improve life safety. Organized by the American Red Cross, 9 teams of volunteers, and Fire personnel, spread out from the Wal-Mart parking lot at 8th Street and Avenue B to go door to door offering to check the condition of existing smoke alarms, replacing batteries and old non-functional alarms, and providing information about fire prevention.
Those going door to door included local Red Cross and Yuma County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers, as well as personnel from the Yuma Fire Department and Rural Metro Fire Department. In all there were 83 homes (in both the City and County) visited and 182 smoke alarms installed. There was no charge for the alarms (supplied by the Red Cross) or for the installation.
In addition to the American Red Cross, sponsors supporting this event included Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Buffalo Wild Wings, Lin’s Grand Buffet, and RAM Pest Management.
This week is Fire Prevention Week. The national theme this year is “Don’t Wait-Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”. So, be sure to check the manufacture dates of your alarms and replace them if they are over 10 years old. Smoke alarms are some of the cheapest insurance you can buy when it comes to protecting the lives of your family members.
The week of October 9th thru the 15th is Fire Prevention Week nationwide and also has been proclaimed here in Yuma by Mayor Douglas Nicholls. Observation of Fire Prevention Week began last Thursday (October 6th) with the highlighting of advances in fire prevention by Fire Marshal Kayla Holiman and special recognitions of several City of Yuma fire personnel.