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Message from your Elko Fire Marshal:

COOKING SAFETY

According to the National Fire Protection Association cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Most cooking equipment fires start with the ignition of common household items (food or grease, cabinets, wall coverings, paper or plastic bats, curtains, etc.).

With the holiday season upon us, that means good times and great meals. Here are some safety tips:

  • Always use cooking equipment tested and approved by a recognized testing facility.
  • Never leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended, and keep a close eye on food cooking inside the oven.
  • Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles.
  • Turn pot handles inward so they can’t be bumped and children can’t grab them.
  • Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
  • Never use a wet oven mitt, as it presents a scald danger if the moisture in the mitt is heated.
  • Always keep a potholder, oven mitt and lid handy. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Don’t remove the lid until it is completely cool. Never pour water on a grease fire and never discharge a fire extinguisher onto a pan fire, as it can spray or shoot burning grease around the kitchen, actually spreading the fire.
  • If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing.
  • If there is a microwave fire, keep the door closed and unplug the microwave. Call the fire department and make sure to have the oven serviced before you use it again. Food cooked in a microwave can be dangerously hot. Remove the lids or other covering from microwaved food carefully to prevent steam burns.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local fire department. Have a SAFE and happy holiday season.

FIRE SAFETY

The Northeastern Fire Protection District, Nevada Division of Forestry and City of Elko Fire Department as your combined state and local fire protection agencies notify that a PERMIT WILL BE REQUIRED to burn within Elko County, including the City of Elko. To obtain a burn permit within the City of Elko, contact the Elko City Fire Department at (775)777-7345 during business hours.

There are many unpredictable ignition sources for a wildland fire to occur such as lightning, automobiles, recreational vehicles, power line incidents and illegal fireworks. Fireworks are illegal in the City and County, this includes possession and/or distribution. If you possess any illegal fireworks, your local fire jurisdiction would be happy to accept them for disposal.

Here are some safety tips to help you protect your home or business in the event of a fire.

1. Maintain an effective firebreak by removing and clearing away flammable vegetation and combustible growth from areas within 30 feet of buildings or structures. An additional firebreak up to 150 ft. may be required.
2. Remove portions of trees, which extend within 10 feet of the outlet of a chimney.
3. Maintain trees adjacent to or overhanging a building free of deadwood.
4. Maintain the roof of a structure free of leaves, needles or other dead vegetative growth.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Keven Hall, Fire Management Officer Nevada Division of Forestry 738-3454
Mike Hecht, Fire Marshal City of Elko Fire Dept. 777-7350
Duty Firemen Spring Creek Fire Station 753-6411

Prevention Information
City of Elko is currently using the:
  • 2009 International Fire Code
  • Nevada State Fire Marshal's Regulations:
  • Nevada Revised statutes 477
  • Nevada Administrative Code 477
  • NFPA by reference only
  • City Planning, zoning, and enforcement ordinances
  • Elko is a full building permit required jurisdiction
Members of:
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • Nevada Fire Chief's Association
  • Nevada State Fire Fighter's Association
  • International Assoc. of Building Officials
  • Nevada Chapter, International Assoc. of Arson Investigations
  • Elko Area Juvenile Fire Setter Task Force
  • Elko Area Fire Investigation Task Force
  • Elko County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
  • Nevada State Emergency Planning Committee (SERC)

Services Offered:

  • Inspections of Commercial and residential facilities
  • Under construction flow tests, underground
  • Sprinkler system hydro testing and inspections
  • Hydrant flow and flush testing
  • Alarm system testing and verification
  • Solid fuel burning appliances inspections
  • Smoke detector installation program through schools and seniors
  • CO gas detection monitoring when requested
  • Special events inspections: circus', carnivals, tents, outdoor cooking, pyrotechnics etc.
  • Detailed Plans reviews of fire protection and alarm systems
  • Spring and Fall open burning permits
  • Weed abatement and open lot debris mitigation
  • Hazardous material storage and safety evaluations
  • Full Fire cause and origin investigations
  • School Drills, institutional drills
  • Emergency planning and evacuation planning
Education Programs:
  • Fire Extinguisher Use and Types
  • "Learn Not To Burn"
  • "Sparky's Boot Camp"
  • "Flush-a-nator"
  • Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention
  • Participation in National Fire Prevention Week

Fireplaces:

  • Use care with "fire salts," which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. They contain heavy metals that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting if eaten. Keep them away from children.
  • Do not burn wrapping papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.