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Kitchen Fires

Did you know that many house fires begin in the kitchen? One of the more common causes of house fires is UNATTENDED COOKING.

If you are cooking, baking, grilling or doing any other type of food preparation that involves your stove, oven, microwave, bbq grill, or toaster oven, NEVER leave an appliance unattended while cooking!

Safety Tips

  • Kids – Never play with matches or lighters!
  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.
  • Test smoke alarms every month!
  • If your smoke alarm sounds, GET OUTSIDE and STAY OUTSIDE. Never go back into a burning building for any reason.
  • Practice a fire drill with the whole family. Every family should practice their escape route twice a year by pretending there is a fire in their home. And everyone should have 2 ways out, not just one. Keep in mind you might have to crawl to avoid heavy smoke too!
  • Have a meeting place outside. Decide on a meeting place a safe distance from the house if there is a real emergency or fire in your home. Perhaps the end of your driveway, or a neighbor's porch.
  • At your meeting place, take a head count to make sure everyone is there.

Children learn fire safety

The Youngsville Fire Department not only puts out fires, but we strive to educate our community about how to prevent fires and stay safe! The Youngsville Fire Department works hard all year long by presenting programs about fire prevention and safety. Each year our firefighters visit local schools. Through demonstrations and hands-on exercises, they educate the children about fire safety. Our programs help them learn how to handle emergencies and keep their families safe. According to the Home Safety Council’s "State of Home Safety in America™ Report," fires and burns are the third leading cause of unintentional home injury and related deaths. Fire safety and survival begins with everyone in your household being prepared.

Helpful Brochures from NFPA

Read and/or print these helpful brochures on fire safety and more:

Causes

Cooking (PDF, 171 KB)
Candles (PDF, 792 KB)
Heating (PDF, 634 KB)
Smoking (PDF, 279 KB)
Electrical (PDF, 689 KB)

Escape planning

Escape planning (PDF, 444 KB)

Fire and safety equipment

Smoke alarms (PDF, 219 KB) Updated 4/14
Smoke alarms for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (PDF, 1.5MB)
Home fire sprinklers (PDF, 1 MB) Updated 4/14
Carbon monoxide alarms (PDF, 612 KB)

Household equipment

9-volt batteries (PDF, 541 KB)
CFL light bulbs (PDF, 247 KB)
Clothes dryers (PDF, 105 KB)
Gel fuel safety (PDF, 602 KB)
Medical oxygen (PDF, 383 KB)
Microwave ovens (PDF, 960 KB)
Portable fireplaces (PDF, 470 KB)
Turkey fryers (PDF, 290 KB)
Portable generators (PDF, 113 KB)
Wood & Pellet stoves (PDF, 736 KB)

Seasonal

Get Ahead of the Winter Freeze (PDF, 352 KB)
Halloween (PDF, 348 KB)
Winter holidays (PDF, 962 KB)
Thanksgiving (PDF, 868 KB)
Christmas trees (PDF, 1 MB)

Occupancies

Safety in places of public assembly (PDF, 387 KB)
Campus fire safety (PDF, 1 MB)
Hotels/motels (PDF, 305 KB)
High-rise apartments/condominiums (PDF, 584 KB)
Manufactured homes (PDF, 880 KB)

Outdoors

Wildland fire safety (PDF, 558 KB)
Outdoor electrical safety (PDF, 578 KB)
Fireworks (PDF, 633 KB) Updated 5/14
Lightning (PDF, 680 KB) Updated 6/14
Grilling (PDF, 427 KB)
Sky lanterns (PDF, 662 KB)

Populations

People with disabilities (PDF, 670 KB)
Young firesetters (PDF, 430 KB)

Unintentional injuries

Scald prevention (PDF, 430 KB)

Vehicles

Car fire safety (PDF, 368 KB)

Gas Grill Safey

Watch a video about what can go wrong when using a propane gas grill.