Fire Prevention / Safety
Date: Friday October 13th, 2023
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Newport Fire Station (2060 1st Avenue)
> Fire extinguisher training
> Fire truck rides
> See real fire equipment up close
> Spray water with a real fire hose
> Try on firefighting gear
This year’s theme of “Cooking safety starts with YOU! Pay attention to fire prevention” focuses on cooking safety and simple but important steps you can take to help reduce the risk of fire when cooking at home, keeping yourself and those around you safe. The following are a few cooking safety tips to keep you and your family safe:
- Always keep a close eye on what you’re cooking.
- For foods with longer cook times, such as those that are simmering or baking, set a timer to help monitor them carefully.
- Clear the cooking area of combustible items and keep anything that can burn, such as dish towels, oven mitts, food packaging, and paper towels.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Keep a lid nearby when cooking.
- If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.
- Create a “kid and pet free zone” of at least three feet around the cooking area and anywhere else hot food or drink is prepared.
- “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions that remove your focus from what’s on the stove are among the key messages for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign.”
- Never leave cigarettes, candles, or any other material burning unattended.
- Always remember to turn pot handles toward the center of your stove top.
- Always remember to check your child's bath water and ensure that it is not too hot.
- Test your smoke alarm batteries monthly and change them at least twice per year.
- Only store enough gasoline to fuel your lawn mower and never store it near a water heater or any other heat generator such as a dryer.
- Teach your child how to stop, drop, and roll in the event that their clothes should catch fire.
- Have emergency phone numbers printed in an area where everyone can find them.
- Have an escape plan ready with at least two ways out of every room in case of a fire.
- Always keep two working fire extinguishers in your home.
- Talk to your children about fire hazards. Walk with them around the house and show them where the dangers are. YOU are fire prevention's number one tool.
- Do not cook without the presence of an adult.
- Never put anything over lamps.
- Do not touch radiators or heaters.
- Never play with electrical cords.
- Do not play with matches or lit, unattended cigarettes.
- Stay away from hot surfaces, such as the oven door, coffee pot, steam irons, etc.
- Never put anything in a light socket.
- Do not leave lamps burning for long periods of time.
- Never replace old or burnt out light bulbs by yourself.
- Do not play with firecrackers.
- Have your chimney inspected annually and cleaned if necessary.
- If you have a fireplace, use a sturdy screen.
- Allow matches and ashes to cool before disposing of them. It is best to use a metal container for disposal.
- Be sure to leave open space around space heaters. Keep all combustible material at least three feet from heating equipment.
- Turn portable heaters off when going to bed or leaving the room.
- Plug power cords only into (ground) outlets with sufficient capacity.
- Install smoke detectors in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on each level of the house. Interconnect all smoke alarms so that if one alarm sounds, they all sound.
- Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors in a central location outside of each sleeping area.
- Never use an oven to heat your home.