Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week: Cooking Safety Starts with You. Opens in new windowAs Fire Prevention Week approaches,
Owatonna Fire Department reminds residents: 

“Cooking safety starts with YOU.
Pay attention to fire prevention.”


The Owatonna Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) — the official sponsor of Fire Prevention WeekTM (FPW) for more than 100 years — to promote this year’s FPW campaign, “Cooking safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire preventionTM.” The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take when cooking to keep themselves and those around them safe.

According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths. 

“Year after year, cooking remains the leading cause of home fires by far, accounting for half (49 percent) of all U.S. home fires,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of outreach and advocacy at NFPA. “These numbers tell us that there is still much work to do when it comes to better educating the public about ways to stay safe when cooking.” 

The Owatonna Fire Department offers these key safety tips to help reduce the risk of a cooking fire.

  1. Watch what you heat. Always keep a close eye on what you are cooking. Set a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  2. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner.
  3. Have a “kid- and pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove or grill and anywhere else hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

To kick off Fire Prevention Week, Owatonna Fire Department is hosting their annual chili / wild rice soup feed and open house on Sunday, October 8 from 4 to 7 PM at the fire station. Equipment and trucks will be on display and firefighters will be available to answer questions as part of the open house.

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 Reproduced from NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week website, © NFPA 2023