Learn about simple steps to prevent kitchen fires during National Fire Prevention Week

As part of National Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, the Minneapolis Fire Department is teaming up with National Fire Prevention Association to raise awareness of kitchen fire prevention. This year’s theme focuses spreading the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home and teaching people how to keep cooking fires from starting in the first place.

Kitchen fire safety is explained in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish as part of the City’s “Did you know.,.” series of short videos that can be viewed on the City’s YouTube channel and cable channels 14 and 79. Residents who have friends or neighbors who speak these languages are encouraged to share links to the videos. The City’s website and National Fire Prevention Association website have additional information on kitchen fire prevention.

The Minneapolis Fire Department is also participating in community events to help residents learn fire safety tips and educate people on the importance of having smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers throughout their home. The public is encouraged to attend these events to learn about staying safe, and it’s a great chance for families and kids to get an up-close look at fire trucks and other firefighting equipment. 

Scheduled events

Family Fire Safety Workshop
Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. – noon
Home Depot (Quarry Shopping Center), 1520 New Brighton Blvd.
Information will be available on home fire safety topics such as smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, safe escape ladders, and fire extinguishers. The Minneapolis Fire Department will have fire education staff on hand as well as a Minneapolis fire truck and there will also be an HCMC ambulance, CPR display, and an MPD squad car for people to check out.

3rd Ward Neighborhood Festival
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power Street
Information will be available on home fire safety topics such as smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, safe escape ladders, and fire extinguishers. The Minneapolis Fire Department will have fire education staff on hand as well as a Minneapolis fire truck.

Family Fire Safety Workshop
Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Firefighters Hall & Museum, 664 22nd Ave. NE
There will be a wood-workshop where kids can assemble a fire station or fire truck and adults will be able to try to extinguish a fire during fire extinguisher demonstrations.

Participation in either of the family fire safety workshops (Oct. 5, 12) will get folks free admission to the fire museum the day of the event that includes a free ride on an antique fire engine.

Published Oct 2, 2013