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Archived News Release from 2009

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October 4 – 10, 2009 is Fire Prevention Week in Redwood City & Throughout the Nation

Redwood City, CA - September 29, 2009 - National Fire Prevention Week is October 4 - 10, 2009 and the Redwood City Fire Department is urging the community to be aware of and take fire prevention steps that could save their lives and those of their loved ones.

The 2009 theme, “Stay Fire Smart – Don’t Get Burned,” focuses on preventing the leading causes of fires in the home, including:

  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and injuries – pay attention to your cooking, stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food; if you must leave the room, turn off the stove; check food regularly, and use a timer.

  • Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths – first, if you smoke, get help to quit! Other tips include asking smokers to smoke outside; provide deep sturdy ashtrays; keep smoking materials away from flammable items like bedding, furniture, clothing; never smoke if you are tired, have had alcohol, or have taken medications that make you drowsy.

  • Intentional fires are responsible for nearly 18,000 home structure fires, 320 deaths, and half a billion dollars in property damage annually; support anti-arson program - keep trash from collecting on your property and remove abandoned vehicles; store flammable liquids in a locked shed or detached garage; install lighting to deter intruders.

  • Heating is the second leading cause of fire deaths – keep space heaters at least 3 feet from people and from any flammable items such as curtains or bedding; turn portable space heaters off when you leave the room or go to bed; have heating equipment professionally inspected and serviced each year; have your chimneys inspected and cleaned and before each heating season.

  • Burns from fire, scalds, and contact are painful and can cause serious scarring and even death – keep hot food and liquids away from table and counter edges; never hold a child in your arms when preparing hot food or drinking a hot beverage; be careful when using things like curling irons, ovens, irons, and heaters; never leave a child alone with a lit candle, portable heater, fireplace, or other hot item; set your water thermostat no higher than 120 degrees; test water before placing a child or yourself in the tub; treat burns immediately, put in cool water for 3 – 5 minutes, cover with a clean, dry cloth; get medical help for burns bigger than your fist, or if you have any questions.

More information and great fire safety activities can be found at

The Redwood City Fire Department also reminds the community that the end of daylight savings time is November 1st – and that’s a perfect opportunity to test smoke alarms and replace batteries. A working smoke alarm is the family’s first line of defense in case of fire. The easy way to remember: “change your clock – change your smoke alarm batteries.” 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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Rebecca Lauricella
Redwood City Fire Department

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