Are fire station fires decreasing? That’s a good question. I would have to assume so since a google search on the subject brought up nothing – at least nothing recent. The best (on the subject) I could find was a report by The US Fire Administration, but it was dated back in 2001. No matter what search criteria I put in I could find nothing for 2013….
Nonetheless it is still important that steps are taken to ensure that fire station fires don’t occur. One important thing, that may seem like such an incredibly simple thing – so simple that it may be questioned why I’m bothering to mention it. That simple step is: Make Sure the Stove/Oven is off.
I’ve come across many a story (in the past) about fires that have begun in fire stations all because the firefighters ran out on a call leaving their own stove and/or oven going. It’s an easy thing to do…. Your in the middle of cooking lunch/dinner/whatever and the alarms go off… Next thing you know your racing for your engine, and your assigned seating. Before you “race” of – Take a second (honestly, it only takes a second) and make sure everything that needs to be is turned off. It may not be a life safety issue, but burned fire stations…. Not a Good Thing!