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HFD Fire Prevention Week Kickoff at the Honolulu Zoo

The HFD is proud to host this year’s FPW kickoff at the Honolulu Zoo on October 3, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  A full day of activities will share fire safety in a fun way.  The public is welcome to enjoy games, prize giveaways, and interactive displays with fire prevention themes.  Members from the HFD and the Federal Fire Department will display fire apparatuses and give fire safety presentations.  The HFD’s Fire Safety Keiki House will give children the opportunity to learn easy fire safety lessons.  Familiar fire safety characters, including Smokey Bear and the NFPA’s Sparky the Fire Dog, will be making appearances to delight children of all ages.

After 30 years of teaching fire safety to Hawaii’s keiki, Sparky, the HFD’s mascot, is retiring.  A brief ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at the Honolulu Zoo’s Stage Lawn to bid aloha to Sparky and introduce the HFD’s new mascot.  The new mascot is eager to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps and will become the first in a line of fire department mascots inspired by the beloved pets of the Hawaiian monarchs who established Honolulu’s first fire fighting service.  The HFD is asking Hawaii’s elementary school students to select a name for the HFD’s new mascot by participating in a statewide online survey.

Honolulu Fire Museum and Education Center

The HFD invites the public to visit the Honolulu Fire Museum and Education Center, which is located at 620 South Street.  The museum is located inside the former Kakaako Fire Station and listed on the Hawaii Register of Historic Places.  Come and learn about the Department’s rich heritage and its transformation from a Hawaiian monarchy to modernization.  Guided tours will be available every third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  These one-hour educational tours will be free of charge and are available by reservation only.  Reservations can be made at www.Honolulu.gov/hfd/communityrelations.html.  For more information, please call 723-7167.

HFD reminds you that the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your home from fire is to install working smoke alarms and remove fire hazards.  The HFD recommends you take the following steps:

Smoke Alarms

  • All homes should have smoke alarms installed in each bedroom or sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  • Maintain your smoke alarm(s) by regularly vacuuming or dusting the alarm(s).
  • Monthly testing of your smoke alarm will ensure it is operational.
  • Change batteries in your smoke alarms every year.  FPW is the perfect time to change your smoke alarm batteries!
  • Replace your smoke alarms every ten years or sooner if they do not respond properly.

Escape Planning

  • If there is a fire in your home, GET OUT AND STAY OUT!
  • Develop a home escape plan with your family.  Draw a diagram of your home's floor plan showing two ways out of every room.  If there is a fire and your first way out is blocked, use your second way out.
  • Keep exits free of obstacles.
  • Choose an outside meeting place for your family, and practice your escape plan at least twice a year.

Cooking

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.  Never leave cooking unattended.
  • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
  • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
  • Clean food and grease spills from burners and stovetops.
  • In the event of a grease fire on your stovetop, place a lid on the pan to smother the fire.  Never move a burning pan or use water or a fire extinguisher on a grease fire.
  • Never wear long, loose-fitted sleeves while cooking.
  • If your clothing catches on fire, STOP, DROP, and ROLL to put out the flames.

Smoking Materials

  • Quitting is the best way to prevent smoking-related fires.
  • Use a deep, wide ashtray on a sturdy table, and ensure the cigarette is completely extinguished before leaving.
  • Never smoke when you are tired or in bed.
  • Never smoke when oxygen is used.

Electrical Safety

  • Do not run cords across doorways or under carpets.
  • Do not use extension cords as permanent wiring.
  • Ensure appliances are approved by a consumer product safety laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
  • In homes with small children, place plastic safety covers on unused wall sockets and extension cord receptacles.
  • Do not overload outlets.
  • Always unplug a cord by pulling on the plug and not the cord.
  • Unplug portable appliances when not in use.
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