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Fire House Facts for 11/10/2019-11/16/2019
Kitchen Fire

From Sunday November 10, 2019 through Saturday November 16, 2019 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 285 emergency calls for service:


  • 5   General Fire Response
    Including:  1 for an oven fire due to plastic left inside, 1 for a backyard ramada on fire, and various alarms
  • 2   Mutual Aid
    Including: 2 calls to assist Imperial County, 1 with a traffic crash on I-8, and one with a fire along I-8
  • 28  Motor Vehicle Crashes
    Including:  2 involving pedestrians, 2 involving 3 or more vehicles, 2 involving rollovers (1 a fatality), 1 involving a house, 2 involving a wall, 2 involving motorcycles, and 1 involving a bicycle
  • 230 Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
    Including: 25 for difficulty breathing, 22 for chest pain, 29 for falls, 14 for unconscious people, 8 seizure cases, 4 possible stroke cases, 3 for intoxicated persons, 2 for people under the influence of drugs, 3 drug overdose cases, 7 for people with psychiatric problems, 3 for medical alarms, 2 for children locked in vehicles, 1 for an allergic reaction, 3 for choking, 11 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 1 for fever, 1 for broken bones, 7 for diabetic emergencies, 1 for a dog bite, 6 for man down calls, 1 for uncontrolled bleeding, 4 for bad headaches, 3 for assaults, 3 for back pain, 8 for abdominal pain, 1 pregnancy related, 2 for deceased persons, 1 for drug and alcohol withdrawals, 2 for lacerations, 1 for a person reporting worms crawling out of their ears, 1 for head pain from being hit with an iPad, 1 for an intoxicated male reporting he was pregnant, 1 for difficulty breathing after using a vape pen, 1 for an 8 year old who cut his hand falling from a tree, 1 for a 9 year old pepper sprayed by another child, and other illnesses and injuries
  • 20  Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
    Including: 1 for 4 juveniles stuck in an elevator, 1 to assist YPD with a bio-hazard clean-up, 1 to assist YPD with a ladder, 1 for a backyard bon fire, 1 for a brush fire near the hospital, 1 for a fuel spill from a vehicle, and various alarms.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking equipment was the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, causing 48% of home fires that resulted in 21% of the home fire deaths and 45% 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 (32%) of reported home cooking fires and half (45%) of the associated deaths. Frying dominates the cooking fire problem.

Yuma regularly sees cooking related fires. Several of these caused significant damage to homes, but even where damage was minimal, they do serve as reminders to “Watch what you Heat” and never leave things on the stovetop cooking unattended. As we head into the holiday season, remember that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving. In 2017 there were 1600 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day alone!

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.

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