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Renton Residents Encouraged to “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned”

September 21, 2009

For more information contact:

Bill Flora, Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal 425-430-7000 
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director 425-430-6569

October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week

RENTON — October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week and the Renton Fire & Emergency Services Department is reaching out to the community with important messages on ways to keep homes fire safe and prevent painful burns.

Burn prevention and treatment is the primary focus of this year’s campaign, as well as ways to keep your home and family safe from the leading causes of fire. These lessons have never been more important than now, as we reflect on the fires the city has experienced in the last few months.  It is fortunate that no lives were lost in these fires, but the potential and devastating impacts are very real, providing motivation to take steps now to prevent fires and burns in our community.

“The most common types of burn injuries result from fire or flame burns, scalds and contact burns,” said I. David Daniels, Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator. “Burns are painful and can result in serious scarring and even death. When we take extra precautions 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 make happen.”

By following simple safety rules, you can “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.”

  • Keep hot foods and liquids away from table 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, ovens, irons, lamps, and heaters.
  • Install tamper-resistant receptacles to prevent a child from sticking an object in electrical outlets.
  • Never leave a child alone in a room with a lit candle, portable heater, or a lit fireplace or stove.
  • Wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking.
  • Set your hot water temperature no higher than 120 degrees.
  • Install anti-scald valves on shower heads and faucets.
  • Maintain working smoke alarms on every level of your home and in each sleeping area.

For more information on ways to prevent fires and burns in your home go to rentonwa.gov and for more information on “Stay Fire Smart! Don’t Get Burned.” visit www.firepreventionweek.org