Run Report

Year         Total Calls for Service YTD            Fire Calls                   EMS Calls
2015                2003                                              765                              1238
2014                889                                                247                               642
2013                796                                                150                               646

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is around the corner which means travel, crowds, eating, family, and more eating. What needs to go with all the festivities is how to get through the holiday safely.

Thanksgiving and turkey go hand in hand but proper handling of the bird is important for the safety of your family. According to the New Hackensack Fire Department, to avoid the growth of bacteria, never thaw a turkey at room temperature instead thaw it in the refrigerator in it's own unopened wrapper on a tray with the breast facing up. It should take about one day of refrigerator thawing for every four pounds of turkey, so you better start soon.

Thanksgiving is the leading day for cooking fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In 2007, firefighters responded to roughly 1,300 home fire involving cooking, three times the daily average, according to the NFPA.

"Incorporating fire safety into your holiday preparations can mean the difference between putting on a fantastic holiday feast for family and friends or having to call the fire department to put out a fire,: said NFPA's Vice President of Communications Lorraine Carli.

If decorating with candles, never leave them burning in an unattended room.


NFPA recommends the following cooking safety tips:
Cook with Caution
 Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
If you have a cooking fire….
Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
 For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
When in doubt, just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
 Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
When cooking, keep young children away from the kitchen, do not wear loose sleeves or dangling jewelry to avoid spills and burns.
Cook on back burners when possible and turn pot handles in to prevent accidental spills.
Never leave cooking unattended and keep clutter away from sources of direct heat. 
For more information on cooking safety and tips visit click here for Holiday Cooking Safety.
Safety is a must when deep frying a turkey.
The latest trend in preparing a Thanksgiving turkey is deep frying. The results can be delicious but it can also be dangerous. Without adhering to certain safety precautions, you may end up with an injury or fire.
Deep Fryers can be dangerous for a number of reasons:
  • The fryer units can easily tip over, spilling the approximately five gallons of hot oil contained within theMasterbuilt-015-Turkey-Fryer-0407-Small_1.jpg cooking pot.
  • Overfilling the pot with oil can result in oil overflowing out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. This oil may hit the burner or flames causing a fire to engulf the entire fryer unit.
  • Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect also resulting in a fire.
  • With no thermostat controls, the fryer units have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can become dangerously hot, and pose severe burn hazards.
Following the few precautions and safety tips described below can help ensure a safe and happy Thanksgiving if you are deep-frying a turkey this year.
Deep Fried Turkey Cooking and Safety Tips:
  • Read and follow all instructions that come with your fryer.
  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors, placed on a level surface, and located a safe distance from buildings and other material that can burn.
  • Do not use a turkey fryer on a wooden deck, wooden surface or in a garage.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended.
  • Carefully monitor the oil temperature to avoid overheating. If the oil continues to increase in temperature it could catch fire.
  • Only deep fry smaller turkeys—up to 12 pounds.
  • Use oils with high smoke points such as peanut, canola and safflower. If considering using peanut oil, make sure none of your guests have a peanut allergy.
  • To determine how much oil you’ll need, put the turkey in the basket and place in the pot. Add water until it reaches one to two inches above the turkey. Lift the turkey out, and use a ruler to measure the distance from the water to the top of the fryer. This will be the amount of oil you should use. Pour out the water and be sure to dry the fryer completely before filling the pot with oil.
  • It can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to heat the oil, depending on a number of factors including outdoor temperature, wind and weather.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels before placing in the fryer to keep the hot oil from spattering and popping.
  • Be sure to lower the turkey VERY SLOWLY into the hot oil.
  • You should maintain an oil temp of 350ºF. At that temperature, fry the turkey for three to four minutes per pound. For a 10-12 pound turkey, the cook time is approximately 35 to 42 minutes.
  • Do not allow children or pets near the fryer when in use or hours after use while the oil is hot and dangerous.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby at all times. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is manageable, use an all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call 911 for help.


Click here for a short video on Turkey Fryer Cooking Safety.


Happy Holidays

The Board of Directors, Officers and Staff of Eureka Fire Protection District wish you and yours a Safe and Happy Holiday Season. We would like to remind you to please Don't Drink and Drive and please be Fire Safe!

Keep Christmas trees watered, do not overload electrical outlets and be careful with Candles.

If you have any questions about Fire Safety, please feel free to contact us!


Happy Holidays!

Open Burning

smokey.jpgDuring the spring and summer months in the St. Louis Area, we have many days of high temperatures, strong winds, and low humidity. These factors and intermittent rainfall can lead to dangerous grass and brush fires.

Per Missouri Department of Natural Resources Regulations-

St. Louis Metropolitan Area: Open burning of trees, tree leaves or brush is allowed only in areas outside of incorporated municipalities from Sept. 16 to April 14 of each calendar year.  These brush piles are limited to a base of 16 square feet and the burning is allowed from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m..

We always ask that Eureka Fire Protection District residents contact Engine House 1 at 636-938-5505 before burning so we may know about it first. Eureka Fire Protection District does not issue burn or bonfire permits, but we may advise you not to burn at any particular time due to conditions.

For more information, you can download a hotsheet with safety tips and state and local regulatory rules on open burning.


For Your Health Durning a Disaster

If you need medical assistance during a disaster, paramedics and other professional responders may not be immediately available, and hospitals and clinics may not be accessible. That’s why it’s important to keep medical records, supplies and prescriptions easily accessible and to learn simple first aid techniques. Creating a “stay healthy” kit will help you to manage minor medical needs until help arrives. Your kit should include:

  • A list of prescription medications, medical conditions, and copies of medical insurance documentation;
  • First aid supplies, such as bandages, aspirin, and antiseptic cream; and
  • A week’s supply of medicines in a plastic bag labeled with each family member’s name.

If your medicine requires refrigeration and the power goes out, most medicines can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours and still be safe to use. Be sure to contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about your medication.

As with other hazards, there are specific steps that you can take before and during an influenza pandemic to protect yourself and your loved ones. For example, simple preventive measures, such as using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, can help protect you from germs and prevent you from spreading them to others.  

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Red Shirt Friday

Red Shirt Friday – Support Our Troops

Eureka Fire District is showing our support for the troops overseas by wearing and selling Red Tee Shirts.
EFPD Staff have the option to wear these tee shirts on Fridays and encourage others to also participate.
We are selling shirts to support the troops and the profits are being donated to the FOCUS Marine Foundation (
and the Special Forces Casualty Fund ( )
Shirts are available for purchase for $20.00 each at EFPD Station # 1, 4849 Highway 109, Eureka