Protect Your Family From Kitchen Fires!
The Burleson Fire Marshal and Burleson Fire Department are teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association for Fire Prevention Week October 6-12, 2013. This year’s theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”
Kitchen Fire Statistics
In 2011, the Burleson Fire Department responded to 7 kitchen fires. In 2012, the number was down to 2. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 2 out of every 5 home fires start in the kitchen. Unattended cooking was a factor in 34% of reported home cooking fires. Ranges accounted for 58% of home cooking fire incidents, while ovens accounted for 16%.
“Everyone should have a fire extinguisher located in their kitchen so that it is accessible, but don’t mount it under the stove,” Burleson Fire Marshal Stacy Singleton said.
Information for Children
Sparky the Fire Dog now has a fire safety storybook app and eBook to help children learn about fire safety. The app is geared toward Pre-K - 2nd grade with animations and games. The eBook is for 3rd - 5th graders with stories of courage, quick witted kids, science facts and more. Go to the Where Fire Safety Connects with Learning website.
Schedule a Visit
To schedule a visit from the fire marshal or firefighters, call the fire marshal’s office at 817-426-9174 or 817-426-9175 or email the fire marshal or fire investigator.
For tips on how to safely use barbecue grills, propane grills, protecting children from scalds and burns, preventing scalds and burns, installing and using microwave ovens safely, and more, go to the USFA/FEMA website.