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Fire Prevention Week 2015 – Protect Yourself Against Deadly Cooking Fires

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It’s Fire Prevention Week 2015 October 4 – 10, and this year’s focus is on installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside every bedroom and on every floor, including the basement and garage, according to Guardian Safety Solution International, Inc. Smoke alarms near in the kitchen and near a shower can give false alarms, so it is best to install photoelectric-type smoke alarms so burnt toast or humidity from a hot shower won’t set them off.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that cooking was involved in 156,400 home fires in 2010. These fires caused 410 deaths, 5,310 injuries and almost $100 million in direct property damage. Those were the reported fires, but it is estimated that more than 12 million unintentional home cooking fires go unreported and cause 640,000 injuries annually.

“Home owners and apartment dwellers are at most risk for fires because of inattentiveness…the phone rings, you answer an email, the baby cries. There are so many distractions in today’s busy world, it’s easy to start to cook a meal and then forget about it,” says Paul Rouse, Guardian’s administrative officer. “Next thing you know, a fire starts on the stove and quickly spreads to curtains and other flammable material.”

In addition to working smoke alarms and a handy fire extinguisher, Rouse recommends installing the Guardian III Model G300B, UL and ULC listed with a fuel shut-off. The Guardian is designed to detect and extinguish cooking fires and prevent re-ignition in private homes, apartments, senior housing, college campuses, hospitals and other facilities. See how the Guardian works here.

Once it detects heat at a pre-determined temperature, the Guardian sends a signal to release an extinguishing agent that suppresses the fire. Guardian will also shut off the gas or electric supply to the stove in order to prevent reigniting. “It makes sense in this busy world to have as much safety equipment as possible available to prevent or extinguish kitchen fires,” says Rouse.

Protecting families worldwide since 1985, GSSI’s mission is to develop and distribute quality safety products that provide customers with peace of mind, while protecting lives and property. Contact GSSI at 800-786-2178 or visit www.guardianssi.com, “Like” on Facebook and follow on Twitter @GuardianSSI.

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Kitchen Safety Tips from the Dinner Diva

the-dinner-divaWe stumbled on a great bunch of kitchen safety tips Leanne Ely who goes by the moniker the Dinner Diva.  Take these to heart and read more at SavingDinner.com. Of course, to be extra safe, install the Guardian III G300B which puts out range top fires in seconds.

Be aware of flammables. Stop putting those oven mitts and kitchen towels anywhere near the stove top. You might think you are safe because you don’t leave flammables next to your element, but remember what happened to my friend, when a spark caused a tea towel to catch fire . . . a tea towel that was hanging off the oven door (where many of us often place these things!). Curtains, appliance cords and anything else that can melt or catch fire should have a safe amount of distance between it and the stove.

Dress appropriately. Loose fitting clothing can catch fire. When you’re cooking—especially over propane burners—,keep baggy shirts tucked in or tied back with a well-fitting apron. Avoid wearing long, flowing sleeves when you’re at the stove, too.

Don’t leave the kitchen. If you have something cooking in the kitchen, stay in the room. If you absolutely have to step out of the kitchen while you’re cooking, take the pots and pans off the heat or turn off the boiler. Unattended pots and pans is the most common cause of kitchen fires.

Know your smoke points. Become familiar with the smoking points of the fats and oils you use for cooking. Oils with low smoke points brought to high temperatures can catch fire.

Dispose of grease responsibly. That means not throwing hot grease in the garbage can—it can cause something in the trash can to ignite. Wait until the grease cools and then dispose of it.

Clean grease spills. If you spill grease during cooking and it falls into the drip pan under your stove’s cooking element, turn off the heat and wait for the burner to cool down; then, clean up the spill. Otherwise, the next time you go to cook something, you’ll probably forget about the grease being there and it could easily ignite.

Use appropriate cooking utensils. If you’re cooking something in a deep layer of oil, be sure to use long-handled tongs to allow you to safely put food in and take food out without causing grease to splash out over the sides. In fact, deep fat cooking should only be done in a deep fryer.

Watch for smoke. When your cooking oil starts smoking, that means it’s close to catching fire and you need to carefully remove the pan from the heat source.

In case the worst case scenario happens, be sure to have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen where it’s in easy reach. Never, ever put water on a grease fire because it can make the fire spread.

 

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Congratulations to the New York Fire Department!

FDNYMedalDayFFNWe are happy to congratulate the New York Fire Department who held their 146th annual Medal Day at New York City Hall on June 3rd! Among the brave service men and women awarded were 13 Fire Officers, one Fire Marshall, 26 Firefighters, 2 Emergency Medical Service Officers, four paramedics and four Emergency Medical Technicians. Four fire companies also received unit medals.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro presided over the ceremony, and their heartfelt gratitude and pride were undeniably felt in the words they spoke to the honorees: “It’s part of what makes us proud as New Yorkers – this extraordinary department…It epitomizes the strength, the resiliency, the bravery, the professionalism, the sense of innovation – all of which we see is part of what is great about New York City, what we are proud of as New Yorkers – the very characteristics that make us proud to say this is our home,” said the Mayor.

Fire Commissioner Nigro added, “In our storied history, countless lives have been saved, and as we march forward, we will continue to work and train hard, and we will always make good on our promise to the people of New York to go into the danger and save lives.”

For the first time ever, this year’s ceremony awarded medals to probationary firefighters (Jordan C. Sullivan of Ladder Company 105, Justin L. Tallett of Ladder 107, and Marlon Q. Sahai of Ladder 9), whose bravery and discipline in times of need proved them to be promising and stand-out new additions to the department. In addition, the prestigious James Gordon Bennett Medal was given to Captain William J. Grant (Staten Island Engine Company 168), and the Dr. Harry M. Archer Medal was awarded to Firefighter Kevin J. Hogan (Ladder Company 114 in Brooklyn). The Christopher J. Prescott Medal was graciously given to EMTs Shaun Alexander and Kadijah Hall (Station 58) who were not even on-duty when they raced to the rescue of an injured police officer in Brooklyn.

Congratulations to the New York Fire Department, to all the recipients of this year’s medals, and to all the men and women who tirelessly serve their city’s people in the name of fire prevention and safety. We appreciate you!

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GuardianSSI Exhibiting at NAFED Annual Conference

GuardianSSI Exhibiting at NAFED Annual Conference
2015 Conference May 14 – 15 in New Orleans

Guardian Safety Solutions International, Inc. (GSSI), the leader in the development and manufacturing of range top fire protection systems, is exhibiting at the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors (NAFED) Annual Conference and Expo, May 14 – 15, at the Astor Crowne Plaza, 739 Canal Street, New Orleans (booth #405).

NAFED’s guiding mission is gathering and disseminating information that improves the world’s fire protection and increase the fire protection industry’s competence. This high-impact, high-energy program highlights the challenges being faced by distributors throughout the nation while sharing critical insight as to the opportunities these challenges bring to equipment manufacturers, sales representatives and related industry professionals.

Protecting families worldwide since 1985, GSSI’s mission is to develop and distribute quality safety products that provide customers with peace of mind, while protecting lives and property.
“We are excited to demonstrate our ‘Guardian Solution’ range top suppression system at NAFED,” said Paul Rouse, GSSI’s administrative officer. “This is extremely important as there are 34,000 kitchen fires each day in the U.S. causing more than $7 billion in damage every year.” He added that more than 12 million unintentional home cooking fires go unreported causing 640,000 injuries annually.

hi res Guardian IIIGSSI manufactures the Guardian III Model G300B, UL and ULC listed with a fuel shut-off. “The Guardian is designed to detect and extinguish cooking fires and prevent re-ignition in private homes, apartments, senior housing, college campuses, hospitals and other facilities. Even older kitchens can be retrofitted as well,” Rouse said. (See how the Guardian works here).

Once it detects heat at a pre-determined temperature, the Guardian sends a signal to release an extinguishing agent that suppresses the fire. Guardian will also shut off the gas or electric supply to the stove in order to prevent reigniting.

The design of the system offers:
• automatic operation
• continuous 24-hour protection
• concealed installation
• easy clean-up
• proven reliability

For more information, contact GSSI at 800-786-2178 or visit www.guardianssi.com. “Like” on Facebook and follow on Twitter @GuardianSSI.

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Guardian SSI Details Student Cooking Safety Information at Campus Fire Forum 2014

FIre raging in kitchenDallas – November 5, 2014 – Guardian Safety Solutions International, Inc. (GSSI), the leader in the development and manufacturing of residential range top fire protection systems, will exhibit at the Campus Fire Forum 2014, November 10 – 13, at the Wyndham Hotel, Orlando. Representing more than 4,000 campuses, the Center for Campus Fire Safety is a nonprofit organization devoted to reducing the loss of life from fire at our nation’s campuses.

“Cooking fires cause more than $25 million in damages to college campuses each year. Campus fire safety is one of our top priorities, so we are delighted to demonstrate our ‘Guardian Solution’ range top suppression system that protects against a range top fire before it causes property damage or injuries to employees and students,” said Paul Rouse, Guardian SSI’s administrative officer. “While parents send their kids off to college with safety as a top priority, fear of kitchen fires ranks well below safety concerns about drugs, alcohol, crime and other campus issues.” According to Rouse, college fires should move up to the top of parents’ and university housing concerns since 72 percent of college campus fires are cooking related.

“With many students living in off campus apartments, parents and university officials should know that 60 percent of apartment fires are started by cooking equipment,” said Rouse. “There are so many distractions for young adults in today’s busy world – texting, answering an email, friends come to visit – they begin to cook a meal and easily forget about it. Next thing you know, whoosh, a fire starts consuming the stove, curtains and other flammable material in the kitchen,” he said. The National Fire Protection Association says that cooking causes almost half of all fire fatalities each year, and 20 percent of fire deaths are drug or alcohol related.

“These statistics are the core of our “Guardian Solution,’ or range top suppression system which can be easily installed or retrofitted into new or older student housing,” said Rouse. “The time to protect college students against a range top fire is before it strikes. By simply installing the Guardian, colleges and universities, as well as apartment owners who cater to college kids, can rest at ease knowing that potential cooking fires stand no chance in a Guardian protected kitchen.” See how the Guardian works here.

The Guardian is 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.

“Putting the fire out quickly is imperative to minimize damage and injury to students,” Rouse said. “The Guardian system provides that speed and protection.” For more information, contact GSSI at 800-786-2178 or visit www.guardianssi.com. Visit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GuardianSSI and on Twitter @GuardianSSI.

About GSSI
Protecting families worldwide since 1985, GSSI 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. See ICC-ES Listing No PMG-1166 at www.icc-es.org\pmg.

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Massive Cooking Fire Fails!

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These would be funny if they weren’t so darn scary!  The Huffington Post brings us “Up In Smoke” – some very bad kitchen cooking fire experiences.  Check it out here.

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Arlington Apartment Fire in Dallas This Weekend Preventable

The Chula Vista Apartments off East Park Row Drive kitchen fire in Dallas, our hometown, at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday was preventable.  Sadly, about 45 house fires are reported every hour in the U.S., and 60 percent of apartment fires are started by cooking. Paul Rouse, Administrative Officer/Sales & Operations Director for Guardian Safety Solutions International, Inc. is a 34-year veteran of the fire industry. He says more than 12 million unintentional home cooking fires go unreported causing 640,000 injuries annually. 

          Rouse says Texas, as well as other states, should require mandatory range top suppression equipment in new buildings or remodels just like sprinklers and earthquake shut-off valves are. GSSI manufactures the Guardian III Model G300B, UL and ULC listed with a fuel shut-off. 

          “The Guardian is designed to detect and extinguish cooking fires and prevent re-ignition in private homes, apartments, senior housing, college campuses, hospitals and other facilities.  Even older kitchens can be retrofitted as well,” Rouse said. (See how the Guardian works here).

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San Marcos apartments in San Diego County flooded due to cooking fire – fortunately the sprinklers put it out but it flooded the apartment… read more here:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/dec/04/san-marcos-apartments-sprinklers-activated-fire/

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