Fire Prevention Week in Mountlake Terrace focuses on kitchen fires

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Snohomish County Fire District 1 Fire Marshal John Westfall (left) and Fire District 1 Public Education Specialist Kim Schroeder.
Snohomish County Fire District 1 Fire Marshal John Westfall (left) and Fire District 1 Public Education Specialist Kim Schroeder.

The Mountlake Terrace City Council has proclaimed Oct. 6-12, 2013 as Fire Prevention Week in the City of Mountlake Terrace. On Monday, Snohomish County Fire District 1 Fire Marshal John Westfall and Public Education Specialist Kim Schroeder addressed the council about the proclamation and the efforts the fire district is conducting to help residents and business owners stay safe and secure from the dangers of fire.

This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” The proclamation noted that two of every five home fires start in the kitchen and that cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States; unattended cooking was a factor in one-third of reported cooking fires and 57 percent of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.

Home fires killed more than 2,500 people in the United States in 2011, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Fire departments in the United States responded to 370,000 home fires that year.

Schroeder outlined some of the work that the fire district is involved with in helping to prevent home fires in Mountlake Terrace and in educating the public in safety and preventative practices. The district completed numerous home assessments and installed 152 smoke alarms in 38 homes throughout the city between April and August of this year. Fire Station 19 regularly welcomes guests from the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center for tours and presentations, and district personnel offer periodic CPR classes through the Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks Department to anyone interested.

You can view the entire City of Mountlake Terrace Fire Prevention Week proclamation here.

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