This week Grand Junction Fire Department is observing National Fire Prevention Week and Serving 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.
Nationally, almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. So far this year, GJFD has responded to over 70 incidents where cooking was a factor, resulting in almost $12,000 in damages and the loss of one person’s dwelling. Among those incidents, only three homes had detectors that alerted them to a fire or burning food.
“We are all cooking at home a lot more these days. And we know that most of these fires are avoidable,” said Deputy Chief Chris Angermuller. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to stay safe while cooking.”
GJFD is now offering free over-the-phone home safety checks. During these appointments a specialist will walk you through your home to look for and fix common dangers. Appointments take about 30 minutes and can be scheduled by calling (970)549-5858. The department has extra smoke detectors if that is identified as a need in the home safety check.
GJFD has also teamed up with Community Food Bank to help get out important cooking safety tips with every distribution. Community Food Bank Director Alisha Wegner said, “Since COVID19 the Community Food Bank has been serving double our average service volume and launched a new delivery program to make sure nobody in our valley goes hungry. Right now the best way to support us is by making a donation, for every dollar donated we can provide over three meals to those in need!” For those who are able, GJFD if encouraging monetary donations to support the mission of Community Food Bank and bring valuable safety information to our community by donating at https://www.foodbankgj.org/donate-today.
Grand Junction Fire Department wants to share safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.
- Never leave cooking food unattended. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
- Use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking, not just for total cooking time.
- 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.
For more information on Fire Prevention Week contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5858 or by e-mail at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org.