Fire Officials Stress “Back to the Basics” of Fire Safety
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011
Contacts: Jakki MacLean, Yakima County Fire Protection Bureau Chief/Fire Marshal
Lisa Freund, Yakima County Public Services Administrative Supervisor
YAKIMA, WA – In view of recent fire deaths in Washington State, the Yakima County Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents to get back to the basics of fire safety.
According to Yakima County officials, cooking fires continue to be the leading cause of residential fires, primarily due to unattended cooking. Missing or dead batteries continue to prevent smoke alarms from notifying occupants when a fire does occur.
“These fires are preventable and often survivable, yet they continue to result in tragedy,” stated Fire Marshal Jakki MacLean. “We need to understand that fire can happen to all of us and to take every measure to keep our homes and our families safe.”
The Yakima County Fire Marshal’s Office reminds citizens to remain in the kitchen when cooking, test smoke alarms monthly, and draw and practice an escape plan.
For more information, please call Yakima County Public Services at 509-574-2300.
Lisa H. Freund, Administrative Supervisor
Yakima County Public Services
128 N. 2nd St
Yakima, WA 98902
voice: 509.574.2300 FAX: 509.574.2301