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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Keep an Eye on What You Fry!

It is Fire Prevention Week across the nation and this year everyone is concentrating on kitchen fire prevention.  The Saint Paul Department of Safety and Inspections reminds you that kitchen fires are the No. 1 cause of structure fires both in Minnesota and across the country.  Check out our public service announcement on YouTube and remember these tips:
  • When cooking on the stove, always stay in the kitchen.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from the stove.  This includes cookbooks, mail, pot holders, and wood or plastic cooking utensils.
  • Turn the handles of your pots and pans toward the stove or countertop.  It is far too easy for a child or pet to bump them.
  • Electric stovetops are hot even when the burner is not red.  The majority of the stovetop fires in Saint Paul occur with electric, not gas stoves. 
Visit the US Fire Administration and Fire Prevention Week website for more cooking fire facts and safety tips.  Saint Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections also wants to remind you to attend the Saint Paul Fire Department’s open houses this Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at:
  • Fire Station 1, 1000 West 7th St.
  • Fire Station 4, 505 Payne Ave
  • Fire Station 19, 2530 Edgcumbe Rd.

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