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The LFD’s 7th Annual Open House event that took place Saturday, October 12 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM was a huge success. Approximately 3,000 people showed up making it the largest event put on by the department yet!

Citizen’s came out to learn more about fire safety, to better understand the many different services the department offers the community, and to see the equipment used to keep the citizens of Lakeland safe up close.

Demonstrations we offered every half hour, kitchen fire safety tips were provided, and guests were invited to tour the station and enjoy free goodies and refreshments.

The event is growing every year and plans are already under way to make next year’s event even bigger and better. Mark your calendars because everyone is encouraged to come out and join the department again for its 8th annual Open House event, planned for October 11, 2014.

Check out more information about the event and photos here. 



Janel Vasallo, the Lakeland Fire Department's Public Education and Information Officer will sit down and speak with Hall Communication's Andrea Oliver to share important holiday safety tips and more about the department's upcoming Open House event. The radio program is scheduled to air Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 8:00 AM on 98.7 FM and 8:30 AM on 97.5 FM and other Lakeland area Hall Communication's radio stations. Janel will also sit down to discuss similar safety tips with Lakeland Vision's Tammy Wright for a separate radio broadcast scheduled to air October 6, 2013 on the same stations. 

With the end of the year approaching and a busy holiday season ahead, fire safety needs to be at the forefront of citizen’s minds. The incident of fires doubles during the holidays and with the decorations and special events that come with the holiday so does the increased risk of fire. 

Halloween is fast approaching and the LFD encourages citizens to avoid billowing or long fabrics for costumes, the use of candles in Halloween decor, and reminds citizens to make sure they have readily available lighting like flashlights when trick-or treating. Click here for more information. 

Thanksgiving is a very popular holiday with lots of additional happenings in the kitchen necessary to prepare all of the delicious meals the holiday is known for. The LFD wants to remind citizens to always stay in the kitchen when cooking, be sure to keep the stove clear, and to keep children away from hot surfaces or electrical equipment. Also, frying turkeys has become a popular way to prepare the holiday staple, however it is a highly dangerous way of cooking. Click here for more safety tips in regards to frying turkeys if you still plan on doing so. Click here for general Thanksgiving safety tips. 

Christmas is a wonderful time of year full of beautiful decorations to mark the occasion, decorations which can pose an additional fire threat. Please be sure to use fire retardant artificial trees or a well-watered tree if using a natural Christmas tree, don't over load electrical outlets with decorative lights, make sure to inspect all decorative lights to ensure none are broken or that frayed wires are exposed, and use flame-less candles as opposed to traditional candles. If you do decide to use traditional candles be sure to keep them clear of anything that may potentially be flammable. For lots of additional information on how to stay safe during Christmas and other December holidays click here


Lakeland Fire Department Sponsors Fire Prevention Week and 8th Annual Open House to Remind Residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires’

Lakeland — It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6 - 12, 2013 the Lakeland Fire Department (LFD) is joining forces with the non-profit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During this year's fire safety campaign, firefighters and safety advocates will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires--most of which result from unattended cooking—and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place. 

The week will culminate with the LFD hosting its 8th annual Open House event scheduled for October 12, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The entire community is invited to this FREE event where the department will feature live demonstrations, tours, refreshments, fire safety education for all ages, and much more.

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of fire-related injuries in the home. "Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Janel Vasallo, Public Education and Information Officer for the LFD. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week and our Open House event will help us reach citizens in our community to prevent this from ever happening to them.”

Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
  • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
  • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
  • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stove tops. 

Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

For more information click here.