The Bedford Fire Department takes PRIDE in making sure that our citizens, young and old adults know how to prevent fires and how to protect themselves in the event that a fire emergency should occur. We are committed to making sure that we provide you with the most important information on how to prevent and handle different types of emergency situations. 

Cooking Fires

Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? The leading cause of fires that start in the kitchen are caused by unattended cooking. We have provided some cooking safety tips for you below:

Facts about Cooking Fires:

  • U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 162,400 cooking-related fires between 2009-2013 resulting in 430 civilian deaths, 5,400 civilian injuries and 1.1 billion in direct damage.

  • Two of every five home fires started in the kitchen.

  • Unattended cooking was a factor in one-third of reported home cooking fires.

  • More than half of people injured in home fires involving cooking equipment were hurt while attempting to fight the fire themselves.

  • Frying is the leading activity associated with cooking fires.

  • Children under five accounted for 30% of the 4,300 microwave oven scald burns seen in hospital emergency rooms during 2014.

Facts courtesy of National Fire Protection Assocaition

BE ALERT WHEN COOKING

Cooking Safety Tips:

Never leave cooking food unattended

Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or boiling food. If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

If you are simmering, baking, boiling, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.

 

Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.

 

Keep kids away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free cone" of three feet around the stove.

Keep anything that can catch on fire-pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging , and towel or curtains- away from your stove top or oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat. 

Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.

Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens and small appliances are turned off. 

Smoke alarms/detectors save lives. Install a smoke alarm/detector near your kitchen  not inside the actual kitchen), on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries every 6 months.

 

Keep pets off cooking surfaces and countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.  

For more information on Cooking Safety please visit the links below. 

 

 

Redcross-Home Fires 

 National Fire Protection Association- Home Fires

Candle Fires

When people think of candles they dont think about the damage they can cause. They think more about the nice smell they will provide a room or the tranqulity it can bring but candles actually play a big role when it comes to house fires. 

Facts about Candle Fires

  • During 2009-2013, candles caused 3% of home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 5% of direct property damage from home fires.

  • On average, there are 25 home candle fires reported per day.

  • More than one-third of these fires (36%) started in the bedroom; however, the candle industry found that only 13% of candle users burn candles in the bedroom most often.

  • Nearly three in five candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle.

  • Falling asleep was a factor in 11% of the home candle fires and 30% of the associated deaths.

Facts courtesy of National Fire Protection Association

Candle Safety Tips:

Blow out all candles when you leave the room or to go bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.

Keelp candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.

Use candle holders that are sturdy and will not tip over

Don't burn a candle all the way down- put it out before it gets too close to the holder

NEVER use a candle if oxygen is used in the home. 

Never use candles during a power outage. Always have flashlights or battery-powered lighting ready to go instead. 

For more information on Candle Safety click on the handout below:

Electrical Fires

Flipping on a light switch, plugging in a curling iron or even charging your cell phone, all of these things come so naturally to us. We don't stop and think that anything elecrical can also bring  a lot of damage to our homes. 

Facts about Electrical Fires:

  • Electrical failures or malfunctions can cause fires in wiring, cords, lighting and any other type of equipment that uses electricity.

  • Electrical failure or malfunctions caused an estimated 44,900 home fires in 2013, resulting in 410 deaths and $1.3 billion in direct property damage.

Facts courtesy of National Fire Protection Association

Electrical Safety Tips:

Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.

Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets. Consider having additional circuts or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.

If outlets or switches feel warm, frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuts, or flickering or dimming lights, call a qualified electrician

Place lamps on level surfaces, away from things that can burn and always use  bulbs that match the lamp's recommended wattage. 

It is highly recommended that your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI's) in the kitchen, bathroom(s), and outdoor areas.

When leaving the house always make sure to unplug any and all curling irons, hair straightners, phone chargers,  or items that could get hot if left on too long. 

For more information on Electrical Safety in the home click the links below:

Electrical Safety in the Home

Escape Plan:

Make an escape plan

It is important to have a plan when there are children in the home. Children sometimes need help getting out of the house, and they may not know how to escape or what to do unless an adult shows them.

Facts about Escape Plans:

  • According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

  • Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, more than half never practiced it.One-third of survey respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. Only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!

Facts courtesy of National Fire Protection Association 

Escape Plan Tips:

Have a plan for young children who cannot get outside by themselves. You will need to wake babies and very young children and help them get out. In your plan, talk about who will help each child get out safely.

Know two ways out of every room. It is important to find two ways out of every room in the house, in case one exit is blocked or dangerous to use.

Clear out any items that may be blocking any windows or doors that you would be using for as an emergency exit .

Choose a meeting place outside the home. Children should know what to do when they hear a smoke alarm and there is no adult around. Help them practice going to the outside meeting place. Teach them to never go back inside a building that is on fire.

Teach your child about 911 and make sure they know their address . They may be the one who needs to call 911 or ask for help from a neighbor.

Practice your escape plan often so everyone is comfortable with it.

For more information on "How to Make a Home Fire Escape Plan" click the link below. 

1816 Bedford Rd, Bedford, Texas 76021  (817) 952-2500

Fire Chief, Sean Fay