Posted: October 7, 2013 10:22:16 AM PDT
The Bellingham Fire Department is joining fire departments around the country in celebrating National Fire Prevention Week next week, including hosting public open houses at all Bellingham fire stations on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013.
The Bellingham Fire Department invites the community to visit their neighborhood fire stations at open houses scheduled at all six fire stations located in Bellingham City limits 1-5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 12, 2013.
“This is a chance to get to know your neighborhood firefighters and paramedics, see the fire trucks, medic units and other equipment we use to respond to emergencies, and to learn more about fire safety,” Bill Newbold, Bellingham Assistant Fire Chief, said. “We hope that families will come by their neighborhood fire stations and meet the crew, and learn what they can do to keep their homes and families safe.”
Kitchen fires top cause of home fires
Newbold said national Fire Prevention Week 2013 activities focus on preventing kitchen fires, which are the nation’s leading cause of home fires and fire injuries.
On average, there are about 3,000 reported kitchen fires per day in the United States. In 2011, cooking was involved in an estimated 156,300 home fires that caused 470 deaths, 5,390 injuries and $1 billion in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
“We want to use this week to remind people to pay attention when they cook and to practice simple fire safety steps while in the kitchen,” Newbold said.
Kitchen fire safety tips
Top kitchen fire safety tips include:
More kitchen fire safety tips, along with other educational materials, can be found on the city website at www.cob.org
Newbold said Bellingham Fire Department is joining the National Fire Protection Association and fire departments around the country in recognizing Fire Prevention Week. For more information, including fire safety tips, publications and resources for parents and teachers, visit www.firepreventionweek.org .
Bill Newbold, Assistant Fire Chief, Bellingham Fire Department, 778-8400 or firstname.lastname@example.org