In an effort to meet community needs, the Bryan Police Department formed a Mental Health Unit in April 2021 comprised of three officers who have received specific training on how to help people who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.
Did you know cooking and home heating cause about 72 percent of residential fires? By working together with our residents, the City of Bryan hopes to help reduce in-home fires by participating in National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, 2020.
This year’s theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” This is especially important this year because COVID-19 has moved many residents’ jobs and schools online, and families are spending more time at home. This has led to an increase in the number of home-cooked meals, which subsequently leads to an increase in potential kitchen fires.
When you’re cooking at home, remember these tips to help prevent fires in the kitchen:
- Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
- Be alert when cooking. Avoid cooking if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
- Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool. Never use water on a grease fire.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
So, join us this week as we celebrate Fire Prevention Week by following our social media posts/stories to learn more about how to be safe and prevent fires in the kitchen.
For more information on fire safety and what Fire Prevention Week has to offer, visit the National Fire Prevention Association’s website.