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Posted on: October 1, 2020

Fire Department is ready for Michigan Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-11

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The Taylor Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association – the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years – to promote this year’s campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” 

The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. The official Michigan Fire Prevention Week is held October 4-11.

Almost half (44 percent) of reported home fires start in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66 percent) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

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

The TFD 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 three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried. 

The TFD received 30 photo electric smoke alarms, three Gentex strobe smoke alarms and three bed shaker alarms this fall from the Michigan State Fire Marshall’s office. Residents who are interested in fire safety, or need smoke detectors, should contact the department on its non-emergency line at (734) 374-1355. Firefighters can aid residents in detectors, installation and fire presentation educational materials.

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