South County Fire hosts Fire Prevention Week Scavenger Hunt
by South County Fire | Press Release
Published By: Lynnwood Times
South County Fire invites families to join in fire prevention week scavenger hunt.
It’s Fire Prevention Week and South County Fire is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote this year’s theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries locally and nationally. Most kitchen fires are started by unattended cooking. Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or television are steps everyone can take to prevent fires and stay safe.
Flat Sparky Fire Safety Scavenger Hunt
To spread the word about fire safety in the kitchen, South County Fire is inviting families to participate in a Home Fire Safety Scavenger Hunt with Flat Sparky. Children can print, color and cut out a Flat Sparky, then take photos with Flat Sparky as they complete scavenger hunt activities. A Flat Sparky coloring sheet and the scavenger hunt checklist are available to download at www.southsnofire.org/FirePreventionWeek.
New online home and fire safety class
South County Fire is launching a free monthly home and fire safety class presented via Zoom teleconferencing. The first class will be Oct. 14, 6 p.m. Advanced registration is required at www.southsnofire.org/education. Participants will need a computer, tablet or telephone with internet connection.
This class focuses on how to protect your family and prevent home fires. Topics include an overview of the top causes of home fires and how to prevent them, placement and maintenance of alarms and other devices to protect your family, steps to creating a home fire escape plan and what to do if a fire occurs in your home.
Kitchen fire safety tips
- 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. Use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
- 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.
South County Fire provides fire and emergency medical services with 14 neighborhood fire stations serving more than 250,000 residents of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and unincorporated south Snohomish County.