Coffee klatch gathers at firehouse

Yukon observes ‘Fire Prevention Month’

Yukon Fire Chief Shawn Vogt welcomes the crowd to last Friday morning’s Yukon Community Coffee presented by the Yukon Chamber of Commerce at YFD headquarters, 1000 E Main. (Photo by Jeremy Pyle)

Yukon Fire Department headquarters, 1000 E Main, hosted the Yukon Community Coffee as Yukon observes National Fire Prevention Month.

Yukon business and community leaders gathered Oct. 20 inside fire station #1 for the Yukon Chamber of Commerce’s Friday morning coffee klatch.

“Cooking Safely Starts with You: Pay Attention to Fire Prevention” is the theme of Fire Prevention Month.

Yukon firefighters are visiting schools across the community in October to share fire safety tips with about 1,400 students, according to Yukon Fire Chief Shawn Vogt.

Yukon’s Fire Prevention Month proclamation includes this data:

  • Home fires killed more than 2,800 people in the United States in 2021, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. – and fire departments responded to more than 166,400 annually between 2016-20.
  • Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen with 31% resulting from unattended cooking.
  • More than half of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occur when victims try to fight the fire themselves.

The Yukon Chamber of Commerce will present a “Business After Hours” from 5-7 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 26 at Lit Energy, 800 Garth Brooks Blvd. – Ste. 100.

The next Yukon Community Coffee is 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at Oklahoma Educators Credit Union, 732 Garth Brooks Blvd.

Canadian County Sheriff Chris West (right) discusses public safety issues during the Oct. 20th Yukon Community Coffee hosted by the Yukon Fire Department. Next to him is Yukon Deputy Police Chief John Brown. (Photo by Jeremy Pyle)