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National Fire Prevention Week: October 6-12, 2013 - Kitchen Fire Safety

Fire Prevention Week LogoNational Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12, 2013 

The National Fire Protection Association chose "Kitchen Fires: Get Cookin' With Fire Safety" as this year's theme. The goal is to call attention to the fact that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home. Additionally, cooking is the leading cause of home fire injuries.

Read on and talk with your family about these kitchen fire safety tips to improve safety in your own kitchen:

  • Always use cooking appliances the way they were designed to be used. Follow directions when you install and operate appliances.
  • Never plug microwave ovens or other kitchen appliances into extension cords. Plug them directly into wall outlets.
  • Keep your stovetop, burners and oven clean.
  • Keep the area around the stove-top burners free of everything that burns: paper towels, grocery bags, pot holders, dish towels, etc.
  • Never wear loose clothing when cooking. Clothes can catch fire if they touch a gas flame or electric burner.
  • Never leave the room while anything is cooking on the stove. If you leave the kitchen for any period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Use the back burners when kids are nearby.
  • Turn pot handles and pan handles inward, so children won't pull them down from the stove.
  • Keep young children at least 3 feet away from the stove and from areas where hot food or drinks are being prepared.
  • Teach your kids how to prepare food safely and stay close to them while they learn to cook.
  • Keep a fully-charged ABC fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen, but don't store it in a cabinet above the stove.
  • Never use aluminum foil or metal objects in a microwave oven.
  • Never use the stove or oven to heat your house.

If a fire starts in a stove-top pan, put on an oven mitt, cover the pan with a lid, and turn off the burner. Never put water on a grease fire. If a fire starts in your oven, close the door, turn off the heat and call the fire department. If your clothes catch on fire, stop immediately, drop to the ground and roll over or back and forth to put out the fire. Treat burns by putting them in cool water for 3 to 5 minutes. If the burn is bigger than your fist, if the skin is blistered or charred, or if you aren't sure how to treat it, get professional medical treatment immediately.

SAFETY REMINDER: If you smoke, put your cigarette out if you feel drowsy or sleepy. Too many home fires are caused by smoking materials.

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Upcoming Tradeshows: IBIE

The Austin Company will be attending IBIE, held October 6-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada!

Visit us at IBIE Booth 11314 to learn more about our commitment to safety and receive your FREE First Aid Kit or Child ID Fingerprint Kit.


Upcoming Tradeshows: PACK Expo

The Austin Company will be attending the PACK Expo, held Sept. 23-25 in Las Vegas, Nevada!

Visit us at PACK EXPO S-7644 to learn more about our commitment to safety and receive your FREE First Aid Kit or Child ID Fingerprint Kit.



Business is taking off at building giant Austin Co.

As seen in Crain's Cleveland Business Magazine, "Business is taking off at building giant Austin Company", written by Stan Bullard August 4, 2013.

Michael Pierce, Austin president and CEO, said the company has hiked its staff 20% this year by adding 30 employees to what had been a 146-person work force, with most of the new jobs coming in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, and in its Irvine, California, office.




Frank Spano authors article in Expansion Solutions Magazine

Professional Economic Development Organizations (EDO's) at the public and private level are constantly seeking ways to elevate their organizations, along with their available property inventory, to the attention of companies, site location consultants and the clients they represent. An important mission for EDO's around the country is to differentiate their community and available properties for industrial development for new and expanded uses.

In this article, Austin Consulting's Frank Spano discusses how site certification and shovel-readiness helps EDO's in this differentiation process.

Read: "Shovel-Ready Sites as an Effective Tool to Promote Community Readiness" as seen in the July 2013 issue of Expansion Solutions Magazine.