Fire Prevention Week: Staying Safe in the Kitchen

Ryan Juntti
Updated: October 08, 2019 10:29 PM

As Fire Prevention Week continues, WDIO is highlighting a fire risk that can be found within our own homes - cooking fires.


Duluth Fire Interim Deputy Chief Marnie Grondahl says cooking fires are the most common type of fire in Duluth and in Minnesota, and also the most preventable. She adds that a lot of the time they are caused by not paying attention while cooking.

"Kitchen fires can be deadly," said Grondahl.

You've probably heard the phrase, "Oil and water don't mix." Grondahl says putting water on a grease fire is the worst thing you can do.

On Tuesday, she walked the media through what you should do in the event of a cooking fire.

Grondahl says the best thing you can do is to use a hotpad holder to cover the pan using either a lid or a cookie sheet, turn the burner off, and let the pan sit until it is completely cool.

You do not want to use salt or flour to try and put out the fire as that can cause it to grow.

Something else to keep in mind is to not pick up and try to handle a pan that is on fire. You may drop it and get burned by hot grease.

If you are cooking something in a microwave or oven that catches on fire, you'll want to leave the door shut, turn it off, and let it cool completely.

Grondahl says the best way to prevent all of this is to simply pay attention while you are cooking.

"The easiest thing to prevent a cooking fire is stay in the kitchen. Just stay in the kitchen, watch what you're cooking," said Grondahl.

Simple instructions, but they could save your life.

While your natural instinct during a cooking fire may be to grab a fire extinguisher, you don't want to do that as that will spread any grease and flames.

It is also a good idea to keep kids and pets at least three feet from your stove, and to keep handles turned in when cooking. Turning the burner off if you have to leave the kitchen is also recommended.


Ryan Juntti

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