Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
We would like to get the message out that parents need to talk about fire safety with their children. There is no reason for children to have matches or lighters in their possession, or access to them in their home. Curiosity about fire is normal, so it is all that much more important to teach your children fire is a serious thing, and not a toy.READ MORE
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Cooking equipment is 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 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