Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.
Los Angeles Firefighters understand the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. That's why we are stressing the importance of kitchen safety.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove-top so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
Nothing saddens a firefighter more than to see a child suffer a needless injury.
- Keep children 3 feet away from the hot stove.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children, along with electric cords so they are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
We know many kids love to be involved in holiday preparations, therefore we encourage having activities that keep children out of the kitchen during this busy time. Games, puzzles or books can keep them engaged, or provide preparations with recipes that can be done outside the kitchen.
What to do in case of a fire: http://lafd.org/safety/fire-safety/fire-what-to-do
Evacuation Information: http://lafd.org/safety/fire-safety/evacuation-information
Common Fire Hazards: http://lafd.org/safety/fire-safety/common-fire-hazards
Aired November 22, 2020: Lisa Foxx talks to Erik Scott - Captain II, Public Information Officer of the Los Angeles Fire Department with a focus of fire safety during the holidays. Candles start thousands of home fires every year, often with devastating consequences including death. How can we plan ahead to make sure our homes are as 'fire safe' as possible, year 'round, but especially during the holidays with all that cooking, extra home decor, Xmas trees, lights, etc that could become additional fire risks. We also discussed the importance of brush clearance in rural and urban neighborhoods & making sure you have working smoke/carbon monoxide detectors & fire extinguishers at home in the event of a fire.
No more tragedies for 2020 folks! Let's do everything in our power to enjoy a fire safe & Happy Holidays! - Lisa Foxx
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