DULUTH, MN– It’s fire prevention week. The Duluth Fire Department is raising awareness about the most common, and most preventable kind – cooking fires.
Cooking fires are the leading cause of fire in the state.
Experts say they usually start when someone gets distracted and leaves the kitchen while cooking.
Firefighters say the best way to put out a stove top fire is to put a lid on the pot, turn off the burner, and leave it to cool.
If you can’t find the lid, you can slide a cookie sheet over the pot.
Experts say paying attention to what you’re cooking is the best form of prevention.
“Just stay in the kitchen, watch what you’re doing, and if you get distracted or if someone rings the doorbell or something causes you to have to leave the kitchen, turn the burner off and then go check on whatever it is,” said Marnie Grondahl, Interim Deputy Chief for the Duluth Fire Department.
Firefighters also recommend having a smoke detector and fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen.