Spring, Texas – November 22nd, 2017: For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations.
So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from the fire.
Thanksgiving by the numbers
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. and Christmas Eve.
- In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
- Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
- Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.
Source: NFPA’s Fire Analysis & Research Division
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in the room with a lit candle.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
Three Juvenile Suspects Identified in Walmart Arson Fire
Spring, Texas – December 6th, 2017: Harris County Fire Marshal’s investigators, with the help from Crime Stopper’s tips, identified three persons of interest involved in a fire at Wal-Mart, which occurred at 155 East Louetta Crossing, Spring, Texas on October 30th, 2017 at approximately 2:00 AM.
“Investigators determined the fire was started by one juvenile,” said Public Information Officer Rachel Moreno. “The District Attorney’s Office has accepted arson charges. The juvenile defendant is already in juvenile detention on a separate charge.”
All persons related to this case are juveniles, no other information regarding their identities can be released. The fire caused over $5,000 worth of damage to the auto shop.
Fire Marshal Needs Help Identifying Suspects In Louetta Walmart Fire
Spring, Texas – November 22nd, 2017: The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office and Crime Stoppers need the public’s assistance identifying three male suspects in the video and images below. Three males set fire to a bay door of the automotive center at the Walmart located at 155 East Louetta Crossing, Spring, Texas on Oct. 30 at approximately 2:00 a.m. The suspects then left on foot.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to felony charges or an arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Information may be reported by calling (713) 222-TIPS (8477) or submitting tips online at www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips may also be sent via text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.
Seats Still Available For 6th Annual “Hope For Heroes Gala”
Spring, Texas – October 22nd, 2017: Emergency Chaplain Group, a nonprofit organization that offers crisis chaplaincy services to emergency service personnel and their families, today announced that there are still a few seats left for their 6th annual Hope for Heroes gala on Saturday, November 4 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott & Convention Center.
The event is the organization’s annual fundraising celebration, where funds raised go to the invaluable peer-to-peer counseling services to First Responders in need. The keynote speaker for the event will be Canadian firefighter/paramedic Kevin Davison, who is a singer/songwriter internationally recognized for his music video of “When Those Sirens Have Gone,” a tribute to First Responders who have encountered the effects of post-traumatic stress.
“With the disasters – both natural and man-made – that have been plaguing our society particularly as of late, it is more incumbent than ever to be able to provide the services that our everyday heroes are in desperate need of,” said J.C. “Skip” Straus, BCC, founder of Emergency Chaplain Group. “We invite you to purchase a corporate or philanthropic table or individual ticket to this event at a cost that will definitely give you a return on your investment, emotionally and financially.”
The black-tie-optional event includes dinner, the keynote address, live entertainment, silent auction, live auction, and raffle.
About Emergency Chaplain Group
Emergency Chaplain Group, founded in 1998, is a group of specially trained chaplains who respond to the needs of the first responder community both on-scene and “behind-scene,” with an emphasis on Critical Incident Stress and Post Traumatic Stress services. The services offered by the group are without regard to religious affiliation (or lack thereof). For more information, visit www.emchap.org or call 855.4EM.CHAP (855.436.2427).