Stand By Your Pan: Upstate Fire Department’s Hilarious Approach to Fire Safety  

October 10, 2023

In a bid to grab the public’s attention during National Fire Prevention Week, the Greenville Fire Department of South Carolina has taken a unique and amusing approach to convey a serious message. The department recently released a music video titled “Stand by Your Pan,” a satirical take on Tammy Wynette’s iconic song, and it’s gaining traction on their social media platforms.

Members of Station 1 in Greenville showcased their acting, singing, and musical skills as they humorously reimagined the familiar tune, using pots, pans, and kitchen utensils as their musical instruments. The video features firefighters perched on a fire truck, with Firefighter Specialist II Jake Mantooth taking center stage, crooning the modified lyrics into a studio microphone.

“Stand by your pan,” Mantooth belts out, adding a playful twist to the original lyrics, “Don’t leave it unattended, binging new Netflix episodes while your kitchen explodes.”

Firefighter Specialist III Daniel Moss and Lt. Micah Reins also make appearances in the entertaining video, which artfully blends humor with an essential safety message.

Accompanying the video is a caption that drives home the significance of their lighthearted performance: “Half of all house fires start in the kitchen. When cooking on the stove, our firefighters recommend you ‘Stand by your Pan.”

The video serves to remind the public about the serious risks associated with kitchen safety, particularly during Fire Prevention Week. By utilizing humor and a catchy tune, they’ve effectively captured attention and conveyed a crucial safety message that resonates with everyone.

As National Fire Prevention Week continues, their video will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression, encouraging individuals to prioritize safety in the kitchen and prevent potentially devastating fires.

History of National Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week was started by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Fire Prevention Week teaches children and adults how to stay safe in the event of a fire. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week to occur from October 4th through October 10th, 1925. The Great Chicago Fire burned between October 8th to October 10th, with most of the damage done on October 9th. The fire caused roughly $200 million in damages, killing around 300 people, and destroying over 17,000 buildings and structures.

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