We had a total of over 500 QSOs, which I think is pretty good for a first-year special event. Lots of interest from firefighters and their family and friends, too.
The QSL cards have come in from the printer and should start going out next week. Thanks to Lee K7NM at http://photoqsls.com
for a great job on the printing!
To end each QSO, we read a kitchen fire safety tip. These were scrounged from various places on the internet. This is the complete list:
1. Keep appliances serviced, clean, and in good repair.
2. Unplug electric appliances when not in use.
3. Install a smoke detector near, but not in the kitchen.
4. Use caution when lighting the pilot light or burner on a gas stove.
5. Don’t use metal in the microwave.
6. Don’t overfill pots or pans with oil or grease.
7. Wipe up spills and don’t cook on a dirty stove.
8. Always roll up long sleeves and tie back long hair when cooking.
9. Never leave cooking food unattended.
10. Keep dish towels, pot holders, and paper towels away from the stove.
11. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.
12. Turn off the stove if you must leave the kitchen even for a short period of time.
13. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly and set a timer.
14. When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
15. Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.
16. If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible.
17. Keep kids at least three feet away from the stove.
18. Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
19. Keep a fully charged fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen and be prepared to use it in an emergency.
20. Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fires.
21. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
22. If you have a kitchen fire, call 9-1-1 to alert the local fire department.
23. If you have a fire, just get out and close the door behind you.
24. Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows.
25. Find two ways to get out of each room.
26. Know the safest exit route.
27. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
28. Make sure that every family member understands and practices how to open locked windows and doors.
29. Practice crawling low to escape through smoke.
30. Designate a safe meeting location in front of your home.
31. Never go back into a burning home for any reason.
32. Make sure everyone in your home knows how to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
Thanks to all who participated -- it was a lot of fun!
73, -Steve WX2S.