Posted: Wednesday, 09 October 2013 9:44PM

Fire Prevention Week Kicks Off

MANKATO (TEC News), October 10 – Fire Prevention Week kicks off with an open house from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The Mankato Department of Public Safety’s Fire Division will be hosting at the Public Safety Center. The open house will focus on kitchen fires, the leading cause of residential fires and fire-related injuries in Mankato. "Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen and residents tell us they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Jeff Bengtson, deputy director of public safety. "That can be all it takes for a dangerous fire to start."
Cooking fire safety tips:
  • If needing to leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove so cooking is not unattended.
  • When cooking, it's a good idea to wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
  • Water makes grease fires worse so it's important not to use it. Instead cover the fire with a pan lid or a towel; put baking soda or salt on the fire; or use a fire extinguisher.
  • Keep lids for pots and pans readily available when cooking in case a fire should occur.
  • Teach children how to cook properly and the importance of following directions.
  • If young children live in the home, use the stove's back burners whenever possible.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.
  • Organize kitchen cooking area with fire safety in mind.
  • When simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home and use a timer.
  • Keep potholders, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from burners.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
For more information, call 387-8577