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    Events will be held throughout New Haven in October, featuring free smoke detector giveaways for New Haven residents and demonstrations of what to do if caught in a fire.

    (New Haven, CT) October 6th through the 12th is “National Fire Prevention Week” but the City of New Haven and the New Haven Fire Department are using this opportunity to launch a more in-depth educational campaign and proclaiming October “Fire Safety Month” in New Haven. Throughout October at different locations in New Haven, there will be events that will feature free smoke detector giveaways for New Haven residents and simulated fire demonstrations that will provide the opportunity for children and adults to learn what to do if caught in a fire.

    The month of public education and awareness events will kick-off with an event on the New Haven Green this Thursday, October 10th from 10am to 1pm. In addition to smoke detector giveaways and simulated fire demonstrations, there will be free raffles for fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors, informational handouts for adults (and educational coloring books for children) and refreshments. The state Fire Marshall’s office will be on hand with their service dog to demonstrate how they work together for fire rescue.

    “I encourage all New Haven residents to take a little time to attend one of these free and children-friendly events in order to learn about what to do in case of fire—it could save a life,” noted Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.

    Additional events will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 10am-1pm at the Lombard Fire Station at 426 Lombard Street, New Haven and on Saturday, October 26th from 10am to 1pm at the Hill Fire Station at 525 Howard Avenue, New Haven.

    As part of Fire Safety Month, the New Haven Fire Department is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for a campaign to prevent kitchen fires. According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires with two out of every five home fires beginning in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.

    During this year’s fire safety campaign, the New Haven Fire Department will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires – most of which result from unattended cooking – and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.

    “Often when we’re called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes,” said Robert Doyle, Life Safety Compliance Officer. “Sadly, that’s all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Safety Month will help us reach folks in the community before they’ve suffered a damaging lesson.”

    Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing to prevent kitchen fires:

    • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.

    • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.

    • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.

    • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.

    • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.

    • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.

    • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.

    • Never use water to put out a Grease Fire. With oven mitt, slide lid over pan to smother fire, turn off stovetop and leave covered until completely cooled.


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