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By Martine Wolfe-Miller, Mount Pleasant Communications Officer
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (October 8, 2015) – The Mount Pleasant Fire Department recently partnered with the City of Charleston and the City of North Charleston to promote kitchen fire safety in a multi-agency public service announcement. You can view the video on the town’s media center at http://www.tompsc.com/mediacenter.aspx?VID=103.
The fire department will premiere this video during Fire Prevention Week and will conclude with a safety expo at Children’s Day Festival on Oct. 18. National Fire Prevention Week is scheduled for Oct. 4 -10 this year.
“October is a great month to discuss fire safety,” said Mount Pleasant Fire Chief Herb Williams. “Did you know that half of the fires begin in the kitchen and are the leading causes of home fires? Fire victims often report leaving the stovetop unattended for a few seconds and a few seconds is all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. With Thanksgiving near, we urge our residents to exercise caution in the kitchen and follow these simple tips. I would like to thank the City of Charleston and North Charleston for helping up film this video.”
Kitchen Fire Safety Tips
• Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
• If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
• When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
• If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.
• When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
• Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
• Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
More fire prevention demonstrations and tips will be available at the 27th Annual Children’s Day Festival Safety Expo, added Williams.
“Our fire trucks and smokehouse will be on display at the festival with hands-on activities and safety tips,” he added.
Children’s Day Festival is scheduled for Oct. 18, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Park West Recreational Complex. As always, admission and parking are free!