As Fire Prevention Week™ approaches, Cherokee Springs Fire Department reminds residents:
“Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™
October 4, 2020 – The Cherokee Springs Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years —to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve 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.
According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of reported home fires started in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer, and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”
The Cherokee Springs Fire Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme.
“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” said Captain John Alley. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”
Cherokee Springs Fire Department wants to share safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire.
For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and cooking fire prevention, visit www.fpw.org.
Cherokee Springs Fire Department is moving forward with the reopening of its station to public access with some restrictions. The Cherokee Springs Fire Department will allow community members and guest to enter the facility after we have met with you at the front door. We ask that if you have any of the following symptoms or have had them in the past two weeks, that you please remain outside the facility:
We are still in the process of daily cleaning and protection of our employees from the effects of COVID-19 and ask that you assist us with this process by performing the following measures:
Thank you for being understanding during this difficult time. We appreciate you assisting us protecting our employees and the community that we serve by following the posted guidelines.
Cherokee Springs Fire Department
• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
• Large homes may need extra smoke alarms. • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound. • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
• Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.
• Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
• A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
• People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
• Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
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Board Meetings start at 6:30 pm.
Meetings are held at the Fire Department Headquarters station located at 201 Flatwood Drive, Chesnee SC 29323
Agendas (and minutes) are posted at the department on the announcement / information board.
Jack Davis Chairman
Jon Garner Vice Chairman
Robbie Easler Secretary/Treasure
Dean Franklin Member
Gene Grigg Member
Wesley Burcham Member
Thomas Boyer Member