Judith Comoletti

Remember When™ lessons put in action to extinguish a pan fire

Blog Post created by Judith Comoletti Employee on Jun 24, 2013

Remembering When™ is NFPA’s premiere program reaching older adults with life saving fire and fall prevention to older adults. We also offer an annual Remembering When Training to help communities learn how to implement the program. Chris Harvey of the Roebuck (SC) Fire Department attended the Remembering When Training in December 2012. He began using the program in January 2013.

Last week I received a Safety Hero Story from Chris. On the evening of May 11, 2013, Mrs. Lesa Banks (Roebuck, SC) was at home preparing a meal for her family. While cooking the meal on the stovetop, the pan caught fire. Mrs. Banks had attended a Remembering When group presentation for older adults in Roebuck conducted by Captain Harvey. She remembered the cooking lesson learned during the presentation and always cooked on the stovetop with a lid that fit the pan nearby by just in case of a pan fire. When she noticed the pan on fire, she slid the lid over the pan to put out the fire.

Mrs. Banks paid attention to the Remembering When training and made a behavior change to always have a lid handy when cooking on the stovetop. She was able to put out the fire, thanks to Captain Harvey and Remembering When.

If you have a success story that has helped save a life in your community or family, we want to hear from you. Tell us your NFPA Fire Safety Hero Story.

If you are interested in attending the 2013 Remembering When Training, applications will be accepted through August 30, 2013.