PLYMOUTH MEETING, Penn. – Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 4 – Oct. 10, and local firefighters want to stress the importance of fire safety and prevention in every home.
Harmonville Fire Company is participating in a socially-distanced Fire Prevention Expo on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, where they will demonstrate firefighting and rescue skills and educate the public on best safety practices.
Members of Harmonville Fire Company will be joined by firefighters from other area companies, including Barren Hill, Conshohocken, Plymouth, Spring Hill, and Washington Fire.
The expo will take place in the rear parking lot of the high school and run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Participants will remain in their cars to ensure a contact-free event.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Here are some tips from the NFPA on how to prevent fires in the kitchen:
- 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.
Harmonville Fire Company has protected its community for nearly a century. Volunteers are needed for various roles such as firefighting, vehicle rescue and fire police. Training and gear are provided at no cost. Sign up at www.JoinHarmonvilleFire.org.