Sylvania Fire Department reminds Sylvania residents to 'Prevent Kitchen Fires’

Sylvania, Ohio 2013 —‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters and safety advocates will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires--most of which result from unattended cooking—and teaching local children and residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.

 According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen — more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.

"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Deputy Fire Chief Mike Froelich. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson."

Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing: 

·         Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.

·         If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.

·         When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.

·         If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.

·         When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.

·         Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.

·         Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.


Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

Safety City/Town – This is an annual event for children who will be entering Kindergarten.  The event teaches children about fire safety and general safety topics. The fire department has a day where we teach the children about fire safety. The topics covered are Stop, Drop and Roll (one technique used if a person’s clothes catch on fire), making a fire escape plan for your home and information on what to do in the event a child is trapped in a burning building. Last, but not least, that firefighters are your friend in an emergency situation and that children should not hide from firefighters or be afraid because the firefighter is wearing protective clothing or self-contained breathing apparatus.
Sylvania Safety City, sponsored by the City of Sylvania Police Department is June 10 -14, 2013 at Maplewood Elementary, 6769 Maplewood Ave. Sylvania Ohio. 

Please click HERE to link to the City of Sylvania Police Department Safety City information page and the registration form.
Sylvania Safety Town, sponsored by the Sylvania Township Police Department is June 17 - 21, 2013 at Central Trail Elementary School, 4321 Mitchaw Rd. Sylvania, Ohio.
Please click HERE to link to the Sylvania Township Police Department Safety Town information page and the registration form.

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