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Fire House Facts for 10/8/2017-10/14/2017
Main St House Fire

From Sunday October 8, 2017 through Saturday October 14, 2017 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 265 emergency calls for service:

  • 12    General Fire Response
    Including: A cooking fire, an apartment fire in a laundry area, an apartment stove fire extinguished by the fire sprinkler system, a house fire, and various alarms
  • 1     Mutual Aid
    Including: Called to assist Imperial County with a mobile home fire in Winterhaven
  • 11    Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  1 involving a fence, 2 involving pedestrians, 1 rollover,  and 1 involving a U-Haul truck stuck in an ATM drive thru
  • 219   Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 25 for difficulty breathing, 16 for chest pain, 36 for falls, 7 for unconscious people, 6 seizure cases, 5 possible stroke cases, 9 for intoxicated persons, 2 for people under the influence of drugs, 1 drug overdose, 13 for people with psychiatric problems, 2 for medical alarms, 2 for children locked in vehicles, 3 for allergic reactions, 9 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 1 for fever, 1 for broken bones, 5 for diabetic emergencies, 1 for dog bite, 8 for man down calls, 2 for uncontrolled bleeding,  1 for bad headaches, 5 for assaults, 4 for back pain, 12 for abdominal pain, 3 for lacerations, 1 for a cockroach stuck in an ear, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 22    Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including:  1 to assist YPD with a bio-hazard clean-up at a crash scene, 1 to assist YPD with a bio-hazard clean-up at a crime scene, 1 for power poles down, 1 for a vehicle fire, 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.

Just last week alone we had two 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 next month, remember that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

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 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