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Archived News Release from 2006

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October 8 – 14, 2006 is Fire Prevention Week in Redwood City & Throughout the Nation

Redwood City, CA - September 25 , 2006 - National Fire Prevention Week is October 8 - 14, 2006 and Redwood City is urging the community to take simple fire prevention steps that could save their lives and those of their loved ones. The 2006 theme is “Watch What You Heat” and focuses on preventing cooking fires in the kitchen.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that the leading cause of home fires is cooking – and this leads not only to the most fires but also to the most injuries. Fires in the kitchen can most often be prevented by practicing these easy safety tips (this is a partial list - more safety tips and other safety information can be found at and, and special materials for kids at :

  • Never leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended, and keep a close eye on food cooking inside the oven.
  • Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles (such as potholders, towels, rags, drapes and food packaging).
  • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of three feet around the stove. Keep pets from underfoot so you do not trip while cooking. Also, keep pets off cooking surfaces and nearby countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto burner.
  • Wear shirts with short sleeves, or close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves, when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
  • Never use a wet oven mitt, as it presents a scald danger if the moisture in the mitt is heated.
  • Always keep a potholder, oven mitt, and lid handy. If a small fire starts in a pan on the stove, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Don't remove the lid until it is completely cool. Never pour water on a grease fire and never discharge a fire extinguisher onto a pan fire, as it can spray or shoot burning grease around the kitchen, actually spreading the fire.
  • If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing.
  • If there is a microwave fire, keep the door closed and unplug the microwave. Call the fire department and make sure to have the oven serviced before you use it again. Food cooked in a microwave can be dangerously hot. Remove the lids or other coverings from microwaved food carefully to prevent steam burns.

Here are a links to some other fire safety materials (courtesy of NFPA) that are useful for keeping your home and family safe:

The Redwood City Fire Department also reminds the community that the ending of daylight savings on October 29th is a perfect opportunity to test smoke alarms and replace their batteries – a working smoke alarm is the family’s first line of defense in case of fire. Remember, change your clock – change your smoke alarm batteries.

A great deal of information on home fire safety is available from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website, located at Here, you’ll find guidelines for installing and maintaining smoke alarms, basic fire escape planning, tips for people living in apartment buildings, tips for older adults, and more. More information on how to make your home “fire-safe” can be obtained by contacting the Redwood City Fire Department at 650-780-7400 or visiting

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Louis J. Vella
Administrative Chief/Fire Marshal
Redwood City Fire Department

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