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Prevent Cooking Fires

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Cooking is the leading cause of fire in Rapid City. The good news is it is easy to prevent and keep from spreading.

Keep an Eye on What You Fry

Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires. Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a second, turn off the stove.

Select a stove with temperature limiting control technology burners such as induction technology or SmartBurner ™. These keep a fire from starting on your stove. Learn more here. You can also install knobs that use timers and/or motion sensors to prevent many fires. Learn more here.

If a fire starts, leave your home and call 911. If you have fire sprinklers, they will put out the fire.

If you do not have fire sprinklers, the fire is small, and everyone is escaping, then put on an oven mitt and slide a lid or cookie sheet over the pan, and turn off the heat. A fire extinguisher may work. Do not move the pan or the lid until the pan is cool enough to touch with your bare hand. 

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Monica Colby

Monica Colby is our Fire and Life Safety Specialist, working in the Fire and Life Safety Division of the Rapid City Fire Department.

[email protected]  605-394-5233 x6108

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