News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 10/06/2008
Subject :

Palo Alto Fire Department Urges Residents to “Prevent Home Fires”
Contact : Barbara Cimino    650-617-3164
Palo Alto, CA — Palo Alto Fire Department is inviting the community to visit their local fire station on Saturday October 11, between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. Meet the crews, get a station tour and learn more about how to prevent home fires. The department is teaming up with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) from October 5 - 11 to urge residents to "Prevent Home Fires" during Fire Prevention Week.

This year's campaign focuses on preventing all the leading causes of home fires – cooking, heating and electrical equipment, and smoking materials.

Fire Station addresses are:
  • Station 1:   301 Alma Street
  • Station 2:  2675 Hanover Street
  • Station 3:  799 Embarcadero Road
  • Station 4:  3600 Middlefield Road
  • Station 5:  600 Arastradero Road
  • Station 6:  711 Serra Street, Stanford
  • Station 8:  3300 Page Mill Road.
A pot holder too close to a lit burner or a space heater left on overnight could be all it takes to start a home fire. In fact, cooking and heating are among the leading causes of home fires in the United States, according to the nonprofit NFPA. 

According the latest research from NFPA, more than 2,500 people died in home fires in the United States in 2006, and 12,500 were injured. Fire departments responded to 396,000 home fires, which accounted for 80% of civilian deaths and 76% of injuries that year.

"While the national number of home fires is daunting, the good news is that many are easily preventable when residents take simple steps to increase their safety from fire," said Nick Marinaro, Fire Chief. "Whether it's smoking outside the home, keeping space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn, or staying in the kitchen when you are using the stovetop, there are easy things you can do to keep your home and family safe from fire."

Do you know how to keep your home safe from fire hazards? Reviewing the following information and taking action can help you “Prevent Home Fires” during Fire Prevention Week and year-round. 

  • Cooking: Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period time, turn off the stove.
  • Heating: Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
  • Electrical: Replace cracked and damaged electrical cords; use extension cords for temporary wiring only. Consider having additional circuits or receptacles added by a qualified electrician.
  • Smoking: If you smoke, smoke outside; wherever you smoke, use deep, sturdy ashtrays.