Preventing cooking fires

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)

 

Edina Fire Inspector Jeff Garfin talks about fire safety with kindergartners at Cornelia Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 10, for Fire Prevention Week of Oct. 6-12. The Edina Fire Department did 72 presentations for about 3,000 kids. In response to Garfin’s question about what sets off a smoke detector other than smoke, one student answered, “A cat in a tree.” The kindergartners also saw inside an Edina fire truck and were curious about whether Edina had a dalmatian, why the trucks are red, how firefighters know a building is on fire, why 911 is dialed for emergencies, how thick smoke is in a fire and how much air they have in their air tanks. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke)

Edina Fire Inspector Jeff Garfin talks about fire safety with kindergartners at Cornelia Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 10, for Fire Prevention Week of Oct. 6-12. The Edina Fire Department did 72 presentations for about 3,000 kids. In response to Garfin’s question about what sets off a smoke detector other than smoke, one student answered, “A cat in a tree.” The kindergartners also saw inside an Edina fire truck and were curious about whether Edina had a dalmatian, why the trucks are red, how firefighters know a building is on fire, why 911 is dialed for emergencies, how thick smoke is in a fire and how much air they have in their air tanks. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke)

 

Edina Fire Inspector Jeff Garfin helps kindergarten teacher Kim Mismash dress in firefighter gear. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke)

Edina Fire Inspector Jeff Garfin helps kindergarten teacher Kim Mismash dress in firefighter gear. (Sun Current staff photo by Lisa Kaczke)

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