LBFD hosts a week of activities for Fire Prevention Week in Long Beach
2009-10-05 · By Editor
This week is National Fire Prevention Week and the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) is joining forces with the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) to raise awareness for this year’s campaign, “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.”
Fire prevention weekofficially started in Long Beach yesterday, Sunday, October 4, with an “Open House” from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. for residents to visit any of the Long Beach Fire Stations, view the fire engines and equipment, and meet their local firefighters.
Today, Monday, October 5 through Friday, October 9, the fire department will issue a daily Public Service Announcement (PSA) focusing on ways to stay fire smart. To close out the weeks activities on, Saturday, October 10 the public is invited to another “Open House” from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. this time at the Long Beach Fire Departmarmemt Museum located at 1445 Peterson Avenue, 90813.
All week long, fire prevention pamphlets and information will be available for adults and children, firefighters will also be available to talk about, and answer questions about safety issues including; home fire safety check lists, home fire escape planning, proper use of smoke detectors and space heaters.
The statistics are staggering. Each year roughly 3,000 people die as a result of home fires and burns, and more than 200,000 individuals are seen in the nation’s emergency rooms for burn injuries.
The most common types of burn injuries result from fire or flame burns, scalds and contact burns. Burns are painful and can result in serious scarring and even death. When we take extra caution in our homes to ensure that the curling iron is out of children’s reach or pot handles are turned away from the edge of the stove, such injuries are entirely preventable. Keeping our homes safe from fire and preventing devastating burn injuries is a healthy change we can all make happen.
By following simple safety rules, you can “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.”
- Keep hot foods and liquids away from tables and counter edges so they cannot be pulled or knocked over.
- Have a 3-foot “kid-free” zone around the stove.
- Never hold a child in your arms while preparing hot food or drinking a hot beverage.
- Be careful when using things that get hot such as curling irons, oven, irons, lamps, and heaters.
- Install tamper-resistant receptacles to prevent a child from sticking an object in the outlet.
- Never leave a child alone in a room with a lit candle, portable heater, lit fireplace or stove, or where a hot appliance might be in use.
- Wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking.
- Set your hot water temperature no higher than 120 degrees.
- Install anti-scald valves on showerheads and faucets.
The LBFD encourages everyone to view and follow the information that will be provided during fire prevention week, the longest running public health and safety observance, in it’s 87th year. In addition to this, all residents are encouraged to take advantage of the great opportunity to visit your local fire station, the LBFD Museum, and meet the firefighters in your area.