For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations. So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.
Thanksgiving by the numbers
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
In 2014, nearly four times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical day.
In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,730 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires and civilian and tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths.
Source: NFPA's Fire Analysis & Research Division
Join us in celebrating the
Rock Island Arsenal Fire Departments
Retirees and special guests
are cordially invited
Friday April 6th,
0700 – Shift morning meeting – Join the on-duty shift during their morning meeting.
Meet the guys and gals that are on the job today and enjoy some firehouse
Morning equipment checks – Join the shift as they perform their morning
equipment and vehicle checks. See the great equipment used today, check out the
station share some stories from when you
were on shift
0845 – Firehouse Breakfast – Join us at the
kitchen table for some great firehouse food cooked and served by the
firefighters and share more stories.
1100 – 100 year anniversary ceremony- Join us in the apparatus bay for the official 100
year anniversary celebration.
The All events before the 1100 ceremony are for Retirees, Special guests and current fire department personnel only. The 1100am ceremony is open to all.
April 8th, 1918 at 0700, the Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department began as a career fire department. Fire Chief D.H. Shire and Captain Chandler as the Fire Marshal, Firefighters O.W. Dean and H. Lemcke as the first Paid Firefighters.(First Fire Chief Report)
As we begin the planning of our 100 year celebration we ask that you save the date and join us in celebrating 100 years of Protecting Those Who Defend America. The celebration will take place on Friday April 6th, 2018!
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The leadership of Maryland's Kentland Volunteer Fire Department believes aggressive firefighting and firefighter safety go hand-in-hand. That's why they've joined the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in this video launching a new campaign to further reduce the number of firefighters who die in the line-of-duty. Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Chief Marc Bashoor calls Kentland a leader in helping make sure that "aggressive" and" safety" don't become mutually exclusive terms.
There is little doubt the most important element in firefighter safety is you, the firefighter. The contributing factors in the majority of firefighter deaths are the health of the firefighter, and the actions taken while responding to and returning from the scene of an incident. Make it your New Year's resolution to take personal responsibility in creating a safer environment for all firefighters. Join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in a new goal of vastly reducing the number of firefighters injured, and to lower the number of line-of-duty deaths each year to below 50.
The fire service over the last decade has been able to consistently reduce the number of LODDs annually to fewer than 100. We've chosen 50 as the next benchmark on the way to eliminating all preventable firefighter deaths-so that truly, Everyone Goes Home®.
This new goal was inspired by the work of firefighters and fire service leaders at the Tampa 2 Firefighter Life Safety Summit in March, 2014. The just-released Summit Report reaffirms that the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives (established at the first Watch the video...Summit in 2004) are still valid and should remain the blueprint for reducing firefighter injuries and deaths.
In this video, Kentland's officers and other fire service leaders talk about many of the key points addressed at the Tampa 2 Summit. These include not only personal responsibility, but accurate risk assessment, and the important role the company officer plays in safety and accountability. Watch the video and read the report...and resolve to do your part to reduce firefighter line-of-duty deaths.
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Being a big kid in the water means splashing around, playing games, using fun water toys and even learning how to swim for the first time. Learn how to make your pool or spa a safe place for kids.
Top Safety Tips
•Make sure your home pool or spa has a proper drain cover or shut-off function to prevent long hair, loose clothing or body parts from getting trapped.
•Every child is different, so enroll your child in swimming lessons when you feel he or she is ready. Teach children how to tread water and float.
•Teach kids never to go near or in water without an adult present. Remember that things such as water wings, noodles and other items can create a false sense of security for children and should not be used in place of life jackets.
•Whether you’re swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake, teach children to swim with a partner, every time. Do not allow children to swim alone.
•Install a door alarm, a window alarm or both to alert you if a child wanders into the pool area unsupervised.
•Depending on your child’s age and maturity level, stay alert at public pools. Don’t assume someone else is watching your child. Here are a few more water safety tips around public pools, in the ocean, at lakes or other bodies of water.