National Home Fire Prevention Week aims to minimize kitchen firesFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's a statistic that may be surprising: two out of every five fires start in the kitchen.
By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's a statistic that may be surprising: two out of every five fires start in the kitchen.
In hopes of stomping out the growing trend, National Home Fire Prevention Week is focusing on the kitchen.
Here in the F-M area fire personnel have teamed up with the Red Cross to help prevent home fires.
Whether it's a grease fire or forgetting to turn off a burner on the stove, it doesn't take long for flames to spread.
Since the start of the year 11 of the 119 fires in Fargo have been kitchen related.
Jeff Wallin, Assistant Chief, Moorhead Fire Department: "Don't cook in the kitchen using the stove top if you're sleepy, if you've been consuming alcohol, or if it's late at night. Also make sure that you keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove. So it's good to have a big oven mitt handy. It's also good to have a lid handy if you're cooking on the stove so you can smother the fire."
Firefighters also advise making sure your smoke detectors work - it could save your life. Every year 2,400 people die in house fires.