This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme is preventing kitchen fires. Cooking is the leading cause of fires in homes, and home fires killed more than 2,500 people in the United States in 2011, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The number of cooking fires in residential buildings increased 3 percent from 2007 to 2011.
Unattended equipment is a factor in one-third of reported cooking fires in the United States. The Edina Fire Department recommends residents stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food and turn off the stove when leaving the kitchen. Children and pets should be kept at least three feet away from a stove and the backburners of a stove should be used.
The Edina Fire Department is also hosting a coloring contest for children in kindergarten through grade five who live in Edina. The winner will get a ride to or from school in one of the Edina Fire Department’s fire trucks and the second place winner will have a firefighter and fire truck visit his or her home. The third place winner will receive free passes to Edinborough Park’s Adventure Peak.
For the contest, children are asked to color a picture of what their families do to prevent kitchen fires. To enter the contest, pick up a coloring sheet at Edina City Hall, the Edina Fire Department or download it from EdinaMN.gov/FPW. Entries are due by Oct. 31 and can be dropped off or mailed to Edina Fire Department, Attn: Coloring Contest, 6250 Tracy Ave., Edina MN 55436 or emailed to mail@EdinaMN.gov, subject “EFD Contest.” Info: 952-826-0330 (Edina Fire Department)