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Preparations for Wildfire Season

Multiple factors in the recent past have contributed to an increase in the number of wildfires year-round: Fuel is readily available from timber, wild grasses, and brush. Temperatures favor wildfires in that both higher environmental temperatures and high velocity winds result in increased size, speed and intensity of fire spread.

Prevention of Kitchen Surface Fires

Our topic this month is to keep “Good” things coming out of our kitchens and not bad. So, we’ll be taking a bit about kitchen surfaces as they relate to fire prevention. Kitchen surfaces collect grease and oil. Counter tops and stoves have appliances that use electricity, and open flames from cooking present their own potential danger. Let’s review:

Smoke Alarms and a Fire Escape Plan

Our recent safety articles have addressed what to do to prevent commonly known causes of fire. Now let us talk about what to do if a fire breaks out.  The obvious answer is to get out of the house quickly. But did you realize a fire may spread through the house in as little as two minutes!

Winter Home Heating Safety

This month we are reviewing home heating equipment as another leading cause of home fires. Space Heaters are singled out as responsible for one third of all home heating fires. Despite not being the Number #1 cause of home heating fires, the sobering statistics are that space heaters fires are responsible for 9 out of 10 deaths and 4 out of 5 injuries related to home heating equipment.

December Holiday Safety

December conjures images of Christmas filled with traditions: Christmas trees, favorite holiday decorations, stockings hanging on the fireplace mantle, and a fire burning in the fireplace. While we prepare our homes for these joyous occasions, we must also pay attention to some basic safety recommendations to prevent your holiday being interrupted by a fire in your home. Please take a moment to review some of these basic safety recommendations that will allow you to enjoy this season to the fullest.

Thanksgiving Safety – Cooking Fires, Child and Pet Safety

Home Cooking Fires was the topic of our October safety article, highlighting Fire Prevention Week. Why then does Thanksgiving get singled out specifically, as a topic in November? Thanksgiving has three times the amount of home fires, more than any other day of the year. Home cooking fires are responsible for almost 50 % of these fires. Unattended cooking is the most common cause of Thanksgiving Day Fires. We will look at keeping the cooking area safe, turkey fryer fires and keeping children and pets in mind while cooking.

National Fire Protection Week – October 8-14, 2023

National Fire Protection week is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada. The specific week is chosen to highlight the date of October 9. Whatever week starting on Sunday and ending on Saturday that includes October 9 is designated as National Fire Protection Week.

September is FALL PREVENTION Month

September’s safety topic is about falls, specifically fall prevention. Falls can occur at any age and consequences may be severe at any age. Statistically however, seniors have the highest percentage of falls of any age group. One third of seniors fall annually, and 50 % of these falls represent repeat falls.

Drowning Prevention and Pool Safety

The most common definition of drowning is respiratory impairment from submersion or immersion in liquid. We most often associate drowning with water related accidents such as swimming in a swimming pool or a natural body of water like the ocean or a lake, however water submersion can occur even in a puddle.Age wise, for infants less than a year old, most drownings occur in the bathtub.

Firework Safety, Extreme Heat Safety – for People & Pets

July is often synonymous with uncomfortable heat and humidity. This month’s safety article will review those amongst us who are most vulnerable to excessive heat. We will be looking at the effects of extreme heat for people as well as for pets. As this is a July safety article, we will also review safety considerations for the Fourth of July, again for both people and pets.