Hi Friends! On Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, three of our own Firefighters were critically injured in a 4-alarm fire in the Bronx. Fire Marshals later determined that the cause of the dangerous blaze was kids playing with fire on a stovetop.
Friends, it is VERY IMPORTANT to remember that fire is not to be played with. It is dangerous and deadly and can grow out of control quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 64 percent of fires involving play occurred in the home. Fires in the kitchen are the most common. Did you know that cooking fires remain the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries? Unattended cooking is one-third of these fires. Read more about how to keep your kitchen fire safe here.
The best way to avoid fire is through promoting critical and life-saving fire safety education. Here are some tips for adults on how to start the conversation about fire play:
Also remember, the FDNY provides many educational programs and resources for you to stay #FDNYSmart. The FDNY’s Fire Safety Education Program continually educates the public with critical life-saving strategies that focus on fire prevention and critical life-safety skills. Fire deaths and accidents have dropped steadily during the past decade and studies show there is a direct link to strong public education programs. To learn more about our Fire Safety Education Program, click here.
The FDNY also has an innovative program called the Juvenile Fire Setting Program. If you or someone you know (up to the age of 12) is playing with fire or setting fires intentionally, the FDNY is here to help. The program offers both education and evaluation for kids. To find out more about the program, click here.