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    Press Release San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
    1500 Bollinger Canyon Road
    San Ramon, CA 94583


    11/24/2015

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     
    Subject :

    We Wish You and Your Family a Happy and Safe Holiday Season
    Contact : Christina Kiefer
    Fire Marshal
    San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
    925-838-6681
    ckiefer@srvfire.ca.gov

    San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District wants to remind citizens that safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home.

    Annually from 2011 to 2013, an estimated 2,100 residential building fires were reported to U.S. fire departments on Thanksgiving Day, and they caused an estimated 10 deaths, 50 injuries, and $28 million in property loss, according to USFA.  They also report that average property losses for residential fires or in most cases, patterns of fire incidence on Thanksgiving Day differ substantially from the national fire profile.  In order to prevent fires and associated loss on this particular holiday, we need to be aware of how fire incidence differs from the overall fire profile in the United States.

    To help prevent kitchen fires in your home, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District offers the following safety tips:

    • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking -- frying, broiling or boiling – at high temperatures.
    • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
    • Watch what you’re cooking.  Use a timer when roasting a turkey or baking.
    • Make cooking area safe:  move things that can burn away from the stove and turn pot handles toward the back so they cannot be bumped.
    • Be prepared.  Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby, use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire. Covering the pan will put out the fire. 
    • Stay awake and alert while you’re cooking.  If you see smoke or the grease starts to boil in your pan, turn the burner off.
    • Prevent burns. Wear short sleeves when you cook, or roll them up. Don’t lean over the burner. Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot cookware.
    • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
    • Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
    • An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
    • Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
    • Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
    • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

    Make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

    Visit the USFA website at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/ or the NFPA website at http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/seasonal/thanksgiving-safety for more information on cooking and turkey fryer safety. For additional information, please visit our website at www.firedepartment.org.

    San Ramon Valley Firefighters wish you and your family a very safe and happy Thanksgiving celebration.

    The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is an internationally-accredited special district that provides fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, the Town of Danville, Diablo, the City of San Ramon, the southern area of Morgan Territory and the Tassajara Valley, in Northern California (Contra Costa County). The District’s service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles and serves a population of 170,000.

     






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    1500 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon CA 94583
    (925) 838-6600 | info@firedepartment.org