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Health First and Brevard County Fire Rescue Team Up to Educate Public About Turkey Fryer Safety

Click Here to See Video of Demonstration at Health First Viera Hospital

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s important to remember safety tips when it comes to turkey fryers. While this special day is one to spend with family and friends, it’s also the peak day for home cooking fires. That’s why Health First and Brevard County Fire Rescue teamed up to provide a unique demonstration at Health First Viera Hospital to show people how quickly a fire can ignite when a frozen turkey is placed in a fryer. Using a thawed one is the safe way to deep fry a turkey.

  • Between 2006 and 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 157,300 home structure fires per year that involved cooking equipment.
    • These fires caused an average of 380 fire deaths, 4,920 injuries and $794 in property damage.
    • During this time frame, cooking equipment caused 42% of reported home fires, 38% of home fire injuries, 15% of home fire deaths and 11% of the direct property damage.

About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First is a fully integrated health system. The not-for-profit employs more than 7,500 people and has four hospitals (including Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital, Cape Canaveral Hospital and Viera Hospital). Health First Health Plans also offers a wide variety of health insurance plan options for Brevard and Indian River Counties. In addition, Health First is home to Brevard County’s only Trauma Center. Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group on the Space Coast. Health First offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including four Pro-Health and Fitness Centers. Visit www.Health-First.org for more information.

About Brevard County Fire Rescue
Brevard County Fire Rescue’s mission is to meet and exceed the needs of our community through the highest level of emergency response and prevention services.  The department provides fire suppression services for unincorporated Brevard County and emergency ambulance transport services for the entire county, a total response area of more than 900 square miles. BCFR operates 31 fire stations and has 29 ambulances. Last year, the department responded to 101,793 fire/EMS calls. BCFR operates the only state-recognized Specialized Response Team in Brevard County. The Ocean Rescue division provides for the safe swimming and beach protection to all Brevard County residents, visitors and tourists in designated areas of unincorporated Brevard County, and BCFR's Emergency Communications Center is fully operational 7 days per week, 24 hours a day providing 911 dispatch.