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Fire Prevention Week: Preventing Kitchen Fires

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Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and since 1922 has been observed in early October.
 
Fire Prevention Week has taken on a number themes over the years, this years theme is "Prevent Kitchen Fires."
 
Kitchen or cooking fires remain one of the leading causes for home fires and home fire injuries. From 2007-2011 cooking fires resulted in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 civilian injuries and $853 million in direct damage. 
 
The Fargo Fire Department wants to remind you to always be alert when cooking and never leave the stove unattended. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don't use the stove or stovetop.
  • Keep an eye on what you fry! 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.
  • Have a "kid-free zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

Fargo firefighters say, if you do encounter a cooking fire try to smother it with a lid or pour baking soda on it. Never use water on a cooking fire, that will only make things worse by splashing the grease or oil and spreading the fire, making it larger.

As always, if the fire is too big for you or you don't feel comfortable putting it out, call 911 and get everyone out of the house. The Fargo Fire Department hopes these steps help you avoid a fire in your home and that they would like to be in your kitchen, but only when you invite them for dinner!

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