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Fire Prevention Week: Keep your home and family safe from fire

Posted Oct. 7, 2019

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Fire is the third leading cause of death for children ages 1-14.

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, is the perfect time to review and practice your family’s escape plan.

The No. 1 rule if a fire happens in your home: Get out, stay out and call for help. Never go back inside for anyone or anything. Call the fire department from outside your home.

The good news: Over the past several decades, deaths from home fires in the U.S. have steadily gone down — from 5,200 in 1980 to 2,710 in 2017, according to Injury Facts.

But even one death from a preventable fire is too many. While fire doesn’t discriminate by age, it is the third leading cause of death for children ages 1-14. In 2017, 127 children in this age group died from fire and smoke inhalation.

Cooking fires

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries. While cooking, make fire safety a priority by keeping these tips in mind:

  • Be alert; if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the oven or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • When simmering, baking or roasting, check the food regularly, remain in the kitchen while cooking, and use a timer.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.

Heating is the second leading cause of home fires. Follow these tips from the American Red Cross:

  • Keep all flammables like paper, clothing, bedding, drapes or rugs at least 3 feet from a space heater, stove or fireplace.
  • Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended; turn off heaters and make sure fireplace embers are extinguished before leaving the room.
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, nonflammable surface like ceramic tile, not on a rug or carpet.
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
  • When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over.

Other fire risks

Other top causes of fire include smoking, electrical problems and candles. To minimize risks:

  • Institute a no-smoking policy in the house.
  • Check all cords and replace any that are frayed or have bare wires.
  • Switch to flameless candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters high and out of children’s reach in a locked cabinet.

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Zoning Commission Special Called Meeting: 10 a.m. Oct. 14, 2019; City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission Work Session: 1 p.m. Oct. 14, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission Public Hearing: 2 p.m. Oct. 14, 2019; City Council Chambers, Room 200, 2nd floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Regional Transportation Council Public Meeting: 6 p.m. Oct. 14, 2019; North Central Texas Council of Governments, 616 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, Tx 76011.
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Fort Worth Housing Finance Corporation: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Special Called Joint Meeting of Fort Worth City Council and Fort Worth Housing Finance Corporation Board of Directors: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Oct. 15, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Oct. 15, 2019; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Notice of Public Hearing for North Z Boaz Park: 7 p.m. Oct. 15, 2019; City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Notice of Public Hearing for Gateway Park: 7 p.m. Oct. 15, 2019; City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Commercial Board of Adjustment Work Session: 9 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019; City COuncil Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Commercial Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 10 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019; City Council Cambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Toddler's Day Out at Hillside Community Center: 10 a.m. Oct. 16, 2019; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox Ave.

Residential Board of Adjustment Work Session: 12:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Residential Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019; City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 13 (Woodhaven TIF) Board of Directors Meeting: 3 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Cancer Awareness Walk at Como Community Center: 6 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

North Ridglea Streetlights Project Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 2019; R.D. Evans Community Center, 3242 Lackland Road.

Community Action Partners (CAP) Council Meeting: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; Fort Worth City Credit Union, 1st floor Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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FWHS Trinity River Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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FWHS Eastwood Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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FWHS Ironwood Crossing Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; FWSH Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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FWHS Matador Ranch Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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FWHS Penn Place Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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FWHS Sedona Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; FWSH Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Federal Contract Ready: 6 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.
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Lake Worth Regional Coordination Committee: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2019; Brewer High School, Auditorium, 1025 W Loop 820 N.

Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee Meeting: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18, 2019; James E. Guinn Building, 1st Floor, PharmaFab Conference Room 116, 1150 South Freeway.
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Lights on After School at Greenbriar Community Center: 5 p.m. Oct. 18, 2019; Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill .

Fall Festival at Handley Meadowbrook Community Center: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 2019; Handley Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty St.

Mile in My Shoes at Southside Community Center: 8 a.m. Oct. 19, 2019; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale.

Canceled Fort Worth Crud Cruiser Event: 9 a.m. Oct. 19, 2019; Summerglen Library/Gateway Church, 4205 Basswood Blvd, Fort Worth 76137.

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