Grissom FD teams with NFPA to support fire prevention

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The Grissom Air Reserve Base Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.  

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”

 Grissom's Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”

“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” said Christian Jacobs, Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”

The Grissom Fire Department wants to share safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
  • You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

The Grissom Fire Department is hosting fire station and apparatus tours in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign. For those who are a bit more daring, there will be opportunities for you to try your hand at mobile aircraft firefighting given at our live fire training facility. Both the station tours and the aircraft firefighting familurization tours are available by appointment only; seating is limited and is first come, first served.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities at the base, or to schedule yourself or your small group for any of these special events, please contact the fire prevention office at 765-688-4050 or - 4051. The office is also available throughout the year for unit breifings, safety days, and other occasions for presentations on many fire safety related topics.