Don’t Move a Pan That’s on Fire. If your pan is on fire, slide the pan lid or a baking sheet on top. Never use water, and turn the burner off.
On this date in 1942 there was a fire at the Cocoanut Grove Supper Club in Boston. This fire resulted in the death of 492 people, leaving this the second deadliest fire in U.S. History.
The following code changes were enacted as a result of this tragedy:
Using a turkey fryer? Make sure you know how to do it safely! #FireSafetyTips
Did you know that Thanksgiving Day cooking is the leading date for home cooking fires? Stay safe with our tips!
With the freeze warning in effect tonight we would like to remind you of some heating safety tips.
Portable electric space heaters
As families celebrate the summer by lighting their grills, campfires, fire pits, and outdoor fireplaces for cookouts and other summer activities, BIC® is making it easier and more fun to teach children about the importance of fire safety. BIC, renowned as a longtime leader of fire safety and prevention education through its award-winning play safe! be safe! fire safety education program, today launched a new, highly interactive, website ( www.playsafebesafe.com ).
The launch of this new resource comes at a critical time of year, as fires started by children peak in the summer months. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 76 % of fires caused by children playing with fire occur outdoors, and nearly one in four (23%) of those occur in July alone. This is primarily due to the Fourth of July holiday. Nearly 40% of these outdoor fires occur during the summer months of June, July and August.
“Young children are fascinated by fire – the colors, the movement, the warmth and the association with holidays and family celebrations,” said Dr. Robert Cole, President of Fireproof Children and facilitator of BIC’s play safe! be safe! program. “Yet, their developing minds are typically unable to grasp the hazards and consequences of fire – and this combination results in thousands of fire incidents every year. But the good news is that education works, and teaching fire safety to young children can help foster awareness at an early age.”
The new website was created in conjunction with Fireproof Children, an organization that has been working to reduce children’s fire play and fire setting for more than 25 years. The site provides an interactive experience for users and offers helpful resources and information for parents, as well as an activities and games section for children called “Hero’s World,” named for the program’s iconic and beloved Dalmatian mascot, Hero.
Since the inception of the program in 1994, BIC, in cooperation with Fireproof Children, has distributed more than 114,000 play safe! be safe!® kits and presented 184 workshops in all U.S. states, Puerto Rico and every Canadian provinces.
One-hundred five years ago today, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burned, killing 145 workers. It is remembered as one of the most infamous incidents in American industrial history, as the deaths were largely preventable–most of the victims died as a result of neglected safety features and locked doors within the factory building. The tragedy brought widespread attention to the dangerous sweatshop conditions of factories. This prompted several changes in the fire safety codes including requiring all factory doors to swing outward and remain unlocked during business hours.
79 Years ago today over 295 students and teachers at the New London School in Texas, lost their lives. this was due to a natural gas leak beneath the building and the resulting explosion that leveled most of the school. Natural Gas is a tasteless, odorless gas and at the time had no odorant added. This tragedy prompted the State of Texas to immediately pass legislation requiring that all natural gas used be odorized so building occupants could be warned of any leaks.
Mercaptan is added to the gas to give it the rotten egg smell we all recognize. This change has certainly saved countless lives since this tragedy.
To hear a few stories from survivors of that day please Click HERE.
Pictured are Mr. Travis Whisenhunt from the West Fork F.D. and Mr. Travis Hollis with the AR Fire Prevention Commission.
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On March 4th, 1908, a tragedy occurred that prompted changes in school safety across the United States. About nine o’clock in the morning 108 years ago today a fire, caused by an overheated furnace igniting nearby dry wood, was started in the basement of the Collinwood School in Ohio. The ensuing blaze resulted in the death of 172 children, two teachers and a rescuer.
Obstruction of a clear pathway to the exits, narrow stairs, and the school’s highly flammable structure were blamed for the fire and consequent deaths of so many children. This “awakened the state to action for better protection against fire in schools and public buildings.” Following the Collinwood School fire (also known as the Lake View School Fire), many changes were made in school building in Cleveland and throughout the country.