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For Immediate Release:


Friday, September 15, 2006


Goodyear Fire Department Reminds Residents: "Watch What You Heat"






(GOODYEAR, AZ) - The Goodyear Fire Department is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to "Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat."


The annual Fire Prevention Week will be held from October 8th - 14th and will be celebrated at the Grand Opening of Goodyear's newest fire station on Saturday, October 7th from 9 a.m. till noon. Safety information will be available to everyone who attends the event at Fire Station 184 located at 16161 West Yuma Road. During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters and safety advocates will be spreading the word about the dangers of cooking fires.  "Most cooking fires are the result of unattended cooking and it is the fire department's goal to educate local residents on how to prevent cooking fires from starting in the first place," said Tanja Tanner, Goodyear Fire Department Community Education Coordinator.


According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. One out of three home fires begins in the kitchen -- more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.


"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Tanner. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson."


Safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:


á          Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.


á          If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.


á          When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.


á          If you have young children, use the stove's back burners whenever possible or keep children and pets out of the kitchen when cooking.


á          When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.


á          Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.


á          Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.


Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. This is the 85th year that fire departments have observed Fire Prevention Week, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

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