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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
During 2020, the Springfield Fire Department responded to 53 residential cooking fires, with 68% of these fires occurring in single family dwellings, while the remaining 32% were in multi-family dwellings. Grease fires and unattended cooking remain the leading type of cooking fire.
Kitchen fires are preventable. Below are some reminders to keep you and your family safe:
Fire Chief David Pennington encourages every household to have an escape plan and practice it at least once per year.
“Fires happen fast. Having a well-practiced escape plan is important for your safety should a fire occur,” he said. “It is also very important to have working smoke alarms, and to test your alarms monthly.”
Smoke alarms should be installed and maintained in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.
The Fire Department provides free smoke alarms to Springfield residents, and may be requested by calling Fire Department Headquarters at 417-874-2300 or by email to [email protected]..
View this PSA about cooking fires:
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For media only: For more information, call the Springfield Fire Department media line at 417-874-2301.