Fire Department

Fire Prevention & Public Education

 

Battalion Chief
Cindy Culp

The Fire Prevention Division provides oversight and support for the inspection of all new and existing business, code compliance, building plan review, fire safety/emergency preparedness education and fire investigation. Other services include issuing fire department permits, juvenile fire setter intervention, computer/media services, fire dispatch communications, record management systems and statistical analysis. The Fire Prevention Division employs a Battalion Chief, 5 Fire Inspectors, and an Administrative Specialist II.

Fire Prevention provides fire and life safety material to all residents of Independence. They produce a fun and safe environment to teach children the importance of fire safety, and the knowledge for families to remain safe in their homes.

To request information about any of these services please call 816-325-7121.

 

City of Independence amended Chapter 9 - Fire Code

Emergency Preparedness for Youth Fire Safety for Kids  Fir

  NFPA Website for Public Education NFPA and Food Truck Safety

 NEW - Deep Frying Turkey Safety

 

Thanksgiving tablesetting

For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations.

So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

Thanksgiving by the numbers
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
  • In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires and civilian and tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths.

Source: NFPA's Fire Analysis & Research Division

Safety tips
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
 
More NFPA Thanksgiving-related information
 
 

 

 

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Fire Pup with Fire Inspector Justin Selsor accepting Fire Prevention Week Proclamation from City Council
October 6, 2014
Fire Pup spraying down the kids at Fairmount Elementary School for water day.
May 12, 2015

"I like being a fireman," the little boy told FOX 4 at his big night. "They honk their horns."   

Follow Gabriel's story here

 

 
 Fire Safety House set up at Fire Fest at Silverstein Eye Center Arena
July, 2016