Bellingham's fire stations to host open houses, Oct. 12

In celebration of National Fire Prevention Week, the Bellingham Fire Department will host open houses at all six of the city’s fire stations from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Addresses of Bellingham’s fire stations are available online here.

“This is a chance to get to know your neighborhood firefighters and paramedics, see the fire trucks, medic units and other equipment we use to respond to emergencies, and to learn more about fire safety,” said Bill Newbold, the city’s assistant fire chief, in a news release. “We hope that families will come by their neighborhood fire stations and meet the crew, and learn what they can do to keep their homes and families safe.”

This year, National Fire Prevention Week organizers are focusing on kitchen-fire prevention. Kitchen fires are the nation’s leading cause of home fires and fire injuries.

City fire department officials said some of the top kitchen fire safety tips include:

– Keep an eye on what you fry: Stay in the kitchen when cooking. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove/oven.
– Stay alert to avoid stirring up trouble: Don’t use the oven or stove if you are using alcohol or drugs or are sleepy.
– Keep flammable objects away from the stove: Clean up food and grease, and wear short or tight-fitting sleeves.

More kitchen fire safety tips, along with other educational materials, can be found on the city’s website at www.cob.org.

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