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2013 Fire Prevention Week

The Silver Creek Fire Department is teaming up with other fire departments across the United States during Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2013, to urge residents to "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 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.”  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.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, one home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010. Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways out is essential to ensuring your family’s safety should fire break out in your home.

The Silver Creek Fire Department emphasizes the following safety tips to keep you and your family safe:
    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 simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, & use a timer
    Use the stove’s back burners when possible. Keep children & pets at least 3' away from the stove.
    When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
    Keep potholders, wooden utensils, towels, & anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
    Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.


fire prevention week activity schedule
Date Time Audience Location
10/07/13 10:00-11:00am Random Lake Preschoolers Random Lake Firehouse
10/07/13 1:00-2:00pm Random Lake Preschoolers Random Lake Firehouse
10/08/13 9:30-10:30am Random Lake Elementary Random Lake Firehouse
10/08/13 10:00-11:00am St. John's Elementary (Sherman Center) St. John's Gymnasium
10/08/13 12:30-1:30pm Random Lake Elementary Random Lake Elementary
10/08/13 1:45-2:450pm Random Lake Elementary Random Lake Elementary

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Fire Prevention Week History

Fire Prevention Week started to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in October of 1871. The Great Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres.  United States President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Prevention week in 1925.  President Coolidge noted that some 15,000 lives were lost in the United States alone during the previous year. 

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This waste results from the conditions which justify a sense of shame and horror; for the greater part of it could and ought to be prevented... It is highly desirable that every effort be made to reform the conditions which have made possible so vast a destruction of the national wealth".

-President Calvin Coolidge

The National Fire Protection Association continues today to make National Fire Prevention Week a priority and counts on the participation of tens of thousands of fire and safety personnel to reduce the risk of fire and its toll on society.  Fire Prevention week has historically been observed beginning on the first Sunday in October and ending the following Sunday.


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Archive
2008
It's Fire Prevention Week
Prevent Home Fires!
2009
Stay Fire Smart
Don't Get Burned!
2010
Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With
2011
Protect Your Family From Fire"
2012
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2013