This Is Fire Prevention Week


This is Fire Safety Week and this year's theme is “Serving Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries.

Ask yourself this question: Have you ever left the kitchen while cooking?

Well -- yes! I can relate numerous tales of “char broiled” food. In fact, I once had napkins that said, “Dinner will be ready when the smoke detector goes off.”

A favorite of family and friends is “Aunt Jane’s Black Buns.” Honestly, these were dinner rolls baked waaayyy too long, to the point of turning black and light as a feather. Rather than waste these little treats, they were painted with a sealer, decorated with painted holly and topped with a red bow. There may still be some of these gems around.

Sad but true - a gourmet cook has never resided at my house.

Here is a tidbit that should not be a surprise to anyone: A recent cause of distraction from the kitchen is social media, including Facebook and Instagram. Consider using a timer app on your smart device when you are cooking to remind you to get back to your cooking!

Just saying - social media is raising havoc in our lives, in more than just the kitchen.

It is quite appropriate that Fire Prevention Week is observed in Autumn. Farmers are currently in the field, harvesting corn and soybeans. As dry as this year has been, there is definitely an increased risk for an equipment fire. At one time, people raked and burned their leaves. We don’t see that much any more. In fact, some cities have burn bans that prohibit that practice.

Emmetsburg Fire Department has always done an outstanding job teaching fire safety to school children during Fire Prevention Week. Due to the pandemic, that, too, has taken on a different dynamic. This year they talked to the students out in the parking lot at the school.

Top Tips for Fire Safety

1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

2. Test smoke alarms every month.

3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP.

The American Red Cross asks us:

When a fire starts in a home, you may have less than two minutes to escape. Could you do it?

Especially now, when people are spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, home fire safety is more important than ever.

Fire Prevention Week happens every October — how safe is your home?


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