GVFD Reminds Residents About Cooking Safety In Response To Local House Fire

After responding to an Oct 16 stove fire that quickly escalated to a house fire, the Golden Valley Fire Department (GVFD) reminds residents to be careful when cooking and to check their smoke alarms.

At approximately 12:15 pm Oct 16, the GVFD was called to a reported stove fire in Golden Valley. Upon arrival, crews saw smoke emerging from the roof vents of the home and discovered a fire in the kitchen. The call was then upgraded from an appliance fire to a house fire, bringing assistance from the West Metro Fire-Rescue District and the St Louis Park Fire Department. Firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire before it spread beyond the kitchen, but due to the fire and smoke damage, the home was determined to be uninhabitable. The American Red Cross was called to assist the family.

Taking care when cooking and checking smoke alarms can help prevent a fire in your home.

Be Careful When Cooking

Cooking can be very dangerous if proper safety measures aren’t taken. Never leave cooking food unattended and, if a cooking fire occurs, do not use water to extinguish the flame. Instead, turn off the burner, put a lid over the flame, and do not touch the pan for 20 minutes. If the fire does not go out, get out of the home and call 911. If a lid does not work or the fire is caused by something other than grease, grab a fire extinguisher. It is also very important to know where the fire extinguisher is in your home, and how to use it.

Check Your Smoke Alarms

Make sure smoke alarms are installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Test all smoke alarms monthly, change batteries at least once a year, and replace the smoke alarms themselves every 10 years.

For more information on fire safety, visit the Fire Prevention and Safety page on the City website.

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