Edwards FES announces Fire Truck Parade to support Fire Prevention Week

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  • By Edwards Fire and Emergency Services
  • 812th Civil Engineer Squadron

Edwards Fire and Emergency Services and base leadership are hosting a fire truck parade on Oct. 4, at beginning at 10 a.m. in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”

We request all families enjoy the parade from their drive ways due to social distancing precautions. For those who have houses not on the parade route please come to the end of the block or turnabout nearest the parade route as alternate viewing areas to observe the parade. We ask you respect social distancing guidelines when observing the parade from alternate viewing areas.

Edwards Fire and Emergency Services is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

Edwards Fire and Emergency Services encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme. We would like to share some helpful safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.

• Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.

• If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.

• You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.

• Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.

• Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities on Edwards AFB please contact Edwards Fire and Emergency Services at 661-277-3124. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit www.fpw.org.

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