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Lawrence Helmet Fair 2014

Join us: May 10, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
KU Campus Lot 125 and 127

For more information see this flyer:

2014 Helmet Fair Flyer (PDF)


Nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties WITHOUT working smoke alarms.

Three out of five home fire deaths in 2007-2011 resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms, according to the report “Smoke Alarms in U.S. Home Fires,” released by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Read full report from NFPA.

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Bike Helmet Safety

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical put together this video on bike helmet safety. Please watch:

Bike Helmet Safety

The Annual Wheeled Sports Safety fair is scheduled for May 10, 2014. See flyer for more information: Lawrence Helmet Fair 2014


Can we find you in an Emergency?

In an emergency, police, fire and rescue workers depend on house numbers to find YOU as quickly as possible. Finding your home - especially at night - can be challenging if address numbers are unreadable, hidden, unlighted or have missing numbers and may delay emergency responders from getting to you as quickly as possible.

Are your house numbers visible from the street?



Fire Chief Discusses Mitigation of Cooking Fires

Fires resulting from cooking continue to be the most common type of fire experienced in U.S. households. This is true for fires reported to fire departments and those handled by private individuals. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire injuries.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) conducts research into the types of behaviors and sequences of events that lead to cooking fires. Through this research, we develop recommendations for behavioral mitigation strategies that will reduce such fires and their resultant injuries and fatalities.

Facts About Cooking Fires:

  • Cooking is the leading cause of residential building fires and residential building fire injuries.
  • Between 2008-2010, cooking accounted for 45 percent of residential building fires responded to by fire departments.
  • Ninety-four percent of residential cooking fires are confined fires that result in little or no loss.
  • Males face a disproportionate risk of cooking fire injury relative to the amount of cooking they do.
  • Young children and older adults face a higher risk of death from cooking fires than do other age groups.
  • Young children are at high risk from non-fire cooking-related burns.
  • Unattended cooking is the leading factor contributing to cooking fires.
  • Many other cooking fires begin because combustibles are too close to cooking heat sources.
  • Frying is the cooking method posing the highest risk.
  • More than half of the home cooking injuries occur when people try to fight the fire themselves.
  • Educational effectiveness may be enhanced by linking burn prevention and fire prevention.
  • Technology may be the best long-term solution to dealing with the cooking fire problem.

For more information about cooking fires or any other home safety topics, including safety checklists, please contact our Prevention Division at 785-830-7003.