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Sanibel district pushes safety for Fire Prevention Week

By Staff | Oct 6, 2020

The Sanibel Fire and Rescue District is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote this year’s campaign for Fire Prevention Week, which runs from Oct. 4 through Oct. 10.

The 2020 campaign — “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” — works to educate the public about simple but important actions that they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

According to the NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Approximately 44 percent of reported home fires started in the kitchen, while 66 percent of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. The use of a portable fire extinguisher is recommended when the fire is confined to a small area.

“With 44 percent of home fires starting in the kitchen, everyone should have a plan and a fire extinguisher ready. If you don’t have either, now is the time to start,” Division Chief of Training Tim Barrett said. “If it’s predictable, it’s preventable.”

The district offered the following additional tips on fire extinguishers:

– For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.

– Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory.

– Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out.

– Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.

– Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.

The district is encouraging residents and visitors to think of the entire month of October as Fire Prevention Month. Fire safety and prevention can encompass a wide variety of measures.

Throughout October, it will post helpful tips and tricks on its Facebook page.

“If you haven’t already, go to Facebook, and give us a like and follow,” Barrett said. “This will allow everyone to see our helpful tips, but also any announcements, training opportunities or events throughout the year.”

In addition, the district offers the public hands-on fire extinguisher training. Those interested in the training or those with questions can contact the headquarters at Station 171 at 239-472-5525.

For more information, visit “http://www.sanibelfire.com”>www.sanibelfire.com or “Sanibel Fire Rescue District” on Facebook.

Station 171 is at 2351 Palm Ridge Road, Sanibel.