Prevent Kitchen Fires!

Fire Prevention Week has been observed every year since 1922, spanning Sunday through Saturday of the week in which Oct. 9 falls. Fire Prevention Week is reportedly the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is "Prevent Kitchen Fires," and stresses the importance cooking safely and how to prevent cooking fires and is recognized Oct. 6-12, 2013.

In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires, resulting in 2,640 deaths and $6.9 billion in damage. Residential Building Cooking Fires have increased 3 percent nationally to 166,600 fires per year between 2007 and 2011, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Additionally, numerous other kitchen and cooking fires go unreported. These fires result in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 injuries and $853 million in direct damages. Two out of every five home fires begin in the kitchen.

The Edina Fire Department recommends the following tips to prevent kitchen fires:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food.
  • If you must leave the room, even for a short period, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home and use a timer to remind you.
  • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
  • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting or short sleeves.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.

Visit www.FirePreventionWeek.org for more information and tips about home escape planning and practice.

The Edina City Council proclaimed Oct. 6-12, 2013 as Fire Prevention Week in the City of Edina.

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