The Bryan Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, to urge residents to “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.”
The Bryan Fire Department has many tours set up for the month of October. Local groups, schools and citizens are invited to request a tour, public safety talk or to visit the stations during this month. A special open house is set for Sunday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to kick off Fire Prevention Week. The community is invited to attend and enjoy refreshments at each of the local fire stations. Questions can be directed to (979) 209-5960.
This year’s campaign focuses on ways to keep homes fire safe and prevent painful burns. Additionally, fire safety educators will be teaching local residents how to plan and practice escape from a home in case a fire occurs.
The statistics are staggering. Each year roughly 3,000 people die as a result of home fires and burns, and more than 200,000 individuals are seen in the nation’s emergency rooms for burn injuries.
“The most common types of burn injuries result from fire or flame burns, scalds and contact burns,” said Marc McFeron, the fire marshal for the City of Bryan. “Burns are painful and can result in serious scarring and even death. When we take extra caution in our homes to ensure that the curling iron is out of children’s reach or pot handles are turned away from the edge of the stove, such injuries are entirely preventable. Keeping our homes safe from fire and preventing devastating burn injuries is a healthy change we can make happen.”
By following simple safety rules, you can “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.”
•Keep hot foods and liquids away from tables and counter edges so they cannot be pulled or knocked over.
•Have a 3-foot “kid-free” zone around the stove.
•Never hold a child in your arms while preparing hot food or drinking a hot beverage.
•Be careful when using things that get hot such as curling irons, oven, irons, lamps, heaters.
•Install tamper-resistant receptacles to prevent a child from sticking an object in the outlet.
•Never leave a child alone in a room with a lit candle, portable heater, lit fireplace or stove, or where a hot appliance might be in use.
•Wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking.
•Set your hot water temperature no higher than 120 degrees.
•Install anti-scald valves on shower heads and faucets.
•And please please keep matches and lighters away from curious hands.
Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. For 85 years fire departments have observed Fire Prevention Week, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
For more information on “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned,” visit www.firepreventionweek.org