Happy Valentine’s Day

And kudos to Cal Fire Riverside for an inspirational Valentine message!

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Guardian and Fire Departments Work to Stop Cooking Fires

WBRZ Channel 2 Baton Rouge reports that St George Fire Department is seeing an increase in cooking fires. Guardian is here to help reduce the numbers!

The St. George Fire Department is experiencing higher incidences of building fires so far in the year with several others being deemed cooking fires.

According to the department, firefighters have responded to 27 building fires this year and 11 additional cooking fires that did not spread to the rest of the structure. Of the 27 fires, five are still being investigated and seven originated in the kitchen.

The department says that the kitchen is the room in homes where the highest number of fires originate.
Some appliances may have electrical issues however the most common cause of kitchen fires is lack of attention, according to the department. Fire department officials are urging citizens to pay more attention in order to decrease the amount of kitchen fires.


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GuardianSSI Observes National Campus Fire Safety Month

The University of Kentucky #FireMarshal‘s Office kicks off September’s Campus Safety Month with a dramatic demonstration of how quickly a fire can start in a college dorm room. https://uknow.uky.edu/uk-happenings/uk-celebrates-national-campus-fire-safety-month-blazing-demonstration.

We are observing this important month as well. Read more.

Dallas – September 1, 2017 – Guardian Safety Solutions International, Inc. (GSSI), the nation’s largest provider of range top fire suppression systems, will observe national Campus Fire Safety Month throughout September. The observance was launched in 2005 by the Center for Campus Fire Safety to unite nationwide fire and university officials to improve fire and life safety on campus. In addition to loss of life and injuries from cooking fires, campus cooking fires cause more than $9.4 million in damages each year.

“Most of the parental fears when sending kids off to college concern safety. But, I suspect that many parents rank fear of kitchen fires well below those of drugs, alcohol, crime and other campus issues,” said Paul Rouse, GSSI’s administrative officer. “They shouldn’t. In fact, dear parents, college fires should move up to the top of your list of concerns since 83 percent of college campus fires are cooking related.”

Besides rigorous college courses, there are many demands on young adults’ attention in today’s busy world – texting, emails, friends visiting, the hectic start of college life and possibly alcohol and drug consumption. It’s pretty easy for college kids to start to cook a meal and forget about it. Next thing you know, a fire spreads from a stove or hot plate to curtains and other highly-flammable material in a dorm room or apartment. Putting the fire out quickly is imperative to minimize injury to students and damage to the building and belongings.

Ranges or cooktops accounted for the majority cooking fire incidents. “Prevention is the core of our ‘Guardian Solution’ range top suppression system. That’s why we observe fire prevention all year, not just this month,” said Rouse. “The time to protect college students against a range top fires is before they strike. Once campuses install the Guardian, parents can rest at ease.” He added that off-campus apartment s and student housing kitchens can be retrofitted as well. With the system, a fire can be extinguished in as little as seven seconds (video).

Most college fires are due to lack of knowledge about fire safety and prevention. So what can parents do to help minimize risks? Here’s some basic advice to discuss with college students and the college administration.

  1. Make sure there are smoke detectors installed and that the batteries are fresh.
  2. Teach your kid how to use a fire extinguisher. Before they leave for school, practice using one with your child and make sure there is at least one available in the cooking area at the dorm.
  3. Discuss escape routes when you deliver your college student to the dorm.
  4. Emphasize that leaving a building when a fire alarm goes off is imperative. It could save your child’s life. Emphasize that no property or memento is worth dying for.
  5. Learn to properly use and maintain stoves and cooking appliances.

It’s also a good idea to talk to the head of the cafeteria on campus and dorm manager about fire safety. Make sure that they:

  • Install smoke alarms in every room and test weekly.
  • Inspect rooms and buildings for fire hazards regularly.
  • Make sure exit doors and windows are working properly.
  • Conduct fire drills and practice escape routes.
  • Get to know on-campus public safety personnel

An inexpensive way to prevent tragedies from cooking is to have the college install an automatic range top suppression system over each stove in dorm room cooking areas. They are designed to detect and extinguish cooking fires and at the same time prevent re-ignition. Installed sprinkler systems can also prevent deaths and injuries, as well as reduce millions of dollars in property damage. College life is meant to be a wonderful beginning not a tragic end. Take these steps to protect precious children to ensure a safe and fun college experience.

For more information, visit www.guardianssi.com. Like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GuardianSSI and on Twitter @GuardianSSI.

About GSSI

Protecting families worldwide since 1985, Guardian Safety Solutions International Inc. is the recognized leader in the development and manufacturing of residential range top fire protection systems. GSSI’s mission is to develop and distribute quality safety products that provide customers with peace of mind, while protecting lives and property.

Press contact only:

Susan M. Tellem, APR, RN, BSN, Tellem Grody PR, Inc. 310-313-3444 x1; susan@tellemgrodypr.com

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House, Condo and HOA Cooking Fire Safety Tips

About 45 house fires, including condos, are reported every hour in the U.S., and 60 percent of fires are started by cooking equipment.  More than 12 million unintentional home / condo cooking fires go unreported causing 640,000 injuries annually.  It just takes minutes for a fire to start https://vimeo.com/66861851.

In addition to the destruction of property estimated at $7 billion per year in the U.S. alone, the National Fire Protection Association reports that 43 percent of people who died in cooking fires were asleep at the time.  Developers spend millions building beautiful condo communities with many amenities, but do not consider that distraction and forgetfulness can pose significant dangers to the residents who cook, as well as their nearby neighbors.

Further, with the recession and the concurrent reduction in fire fighter staff seen in cities big and small, it would be smart to stop fires before they start.  States should require mandatory range top suppression equipment in new buildings or remodels just like sprinklers and earthquake shut-off valves are now required. These units can be retrofitted as well.

In the meantime, there are some safety precautions that everyone can take to prevent cooking fires:

  • Never leave cooking unattended. A serious fire can start in just seconds.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and practice using it.
  • Have a pot cover close by to put out a cooking fire quickly.
  • Wipe up spills from the stove which could catch fire.
  • Always wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook.
  • Keep towels, pot holders and curtains away from open flames.
  • Don’t overfill pans with grease or cooking oil.
  • Never use the range or oven to heat your home.
  • Double-check the kitchen before you go to bed or leave the house.
  • Never leave the kitchen to answer the door, grab the telephone, or change clothes while something is cooking without shutting the gas or electricity off.
  • Be aware that it is dangerous to cook while on certain prescription medications or drinking alcohol.

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Fire Marshall Gives Good Advice About Cooking Fires

The Sunderland, MA fire marshal’s office promotes two safety-related messages about avoiding cooking fires:

Stand by your pan. Stay in the kitchen while you’re cooking

Put a lid on it. Should a stove top fire occur, place a lid over it and turn off the heat, and the flames should smother.

This after unattended cooking caused a fire at Cliffside Apartments that sent one to the hospital with smoke inhalation. Spokeswoman Jennifer Mieth said Thursday evening that “an individual noticed the fire start, but suffered smoke inhalation after entering the room to try and put it out. That person was transported to the hospital.” Read more here http://www.gazettenet.com/a1-sunderland-fire-cause-11800077.

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Cooking Fire Forces Dozens from Apartments

A cooking fire forced dozens of people from the Willows of Springdale apartment complex after resident Kristen Shephard said she was cooking and then fell asleep. Cooking fires often happen when a person starts to cook, walks away from the stove to watch TV, take care of a child or drink too much alcohol and then falls asleep.

The U.S has about 166,000 cooking fires per year. According to the United States Fire Administration, your risk of death from fire increases significantly as you get older. As many as 1,100 Americans ages 65 and older die each year as the result of a home fire.

This fire in Cincinnati demonstrates the risks not just to the person cooking but to apartment dwellers close by as well. The message is, when you cook, stay by the stove. Read more here.


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Winston-Salem Fire Department Urges Cooking Safety

Winston-Salem North Carolina Fire Department reports that there were 22 kitchen cooking fires already this year. In 2016, there were 70 kitchen fires, up from 57 the year before. The Department has been installing 500 stove top fire suppression devices in high fire areas.According to the Winston-Salem Journal, “Half of home fires start in the kitchen,” said Sabrina Stowe, the department’s senior community educator. “These are totally preventable.”
See the Fire Department cooking fire video here. Please learn more about preventing kitchen fires at www.guardianssi.com.

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Guardian to Exhibit at Georgia Fire Safety Conference and Trade Show

Dallas – March 15, 2017 – Guardian Safety Solutions International, Inc. (GuardianSSI), the leader in the development and manufacturing of residential range top fire protection systems, will exhibit at the Georgia Association of Fire Safety Equipment Dealers (GAFSED) Conference and Trade Show, March 23 – 25, at the Macon Marriott City Center, Macon, GA. GAFSED is dedicated to gathering information and statistics and other pertinent data relative to the fire equipment industry, and distributing it to government agencies, organizations and officials, as well as insurance organizations, users and the public regarding the fire protection industry.

Protecting families worldwide since 1985, GuardianSSI is the recognized leader in the development and manufacturing of residential range top fire protection systems. GuardianSSI’s mission is to develop and distribute quality safety products that provide customers with peace of mind, while protecting lives and property. GSSI manufactures the Guardian III Model G300B, UL and ULC listed with a fuel shut-off, among other products. See how the Guardian works here.

Guardian products are designed to detect and extinguish cooking fires and at the same time prevents re-ignition. Once it detects heat at a pre-determined temperature, a signal is sent to release the extinguishing agent to suppress the fire and to shut off the gas or electric supply to the stove in order to prevent reigniting. Whether it is a single residence, apartment, senior housing, dormitory or church, putting the fire out quickly is imperative to minimize damage and injury.

For more information, contact Paul Rouse, Guardian’s administrative officer at 800-786-2178 or visit www.guardianssi.com. Visit on Facebook and Twitter at GuardianSSI.

Press contact:

Susan M. Tellem, APR, RN, BSN, Tellem Grody PR, Inc., 310-313-3444 x1; susan@tellemgrodypr.com

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