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Kitchen Fire Safety Demonstrations to be held April 24 in CSU Mall

Minnesota State University, Mankato and Mankato Public Safety – Fire are bringing a “Kitchen Fire Education Trailer” to campus on Tuesday, April 24 in an effort to educate students and the general public on how to prevent and respond to kitchen fires.

2012-04-25
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-11-12]

Minnesota State University, Mankato and Mankato Public Safety – Fire are bringing a “Kitchen Fire Education Trailer” to the Minnesota State Mankato campus on Tuesday, April 24 in an effort to educate students and the general public on how to prevent and respond to kitchen fires.

Kitchen fire safety demonstrations will be conducted by firefighters in the trailer from 9:45 a.m. until 2 p.m. near the fountain on Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Mall.

Media members are invited to arrive at 9:45 a.m., with the first demonstration being conducted at 9:50 a.m. followed by a question-and-answer session with public safety officials, to include firefighter Paul Wedel and Chandler Holland, the director of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management at Minnesota State Mankato. Additional demonstrations will be conducted at 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., and will also be followed by Q & A sessions.

The kitchen fire safety demonstrations are being held in an effort by local firefighters to reduce the frequency and severity of cooking fires, which represent the leading cause of fire nationally as well as in the City of Mankato. In 2011, Mankato firefighters responded to 33 cooking-related fires that represented two-thirds of all fires for the year.

Tips from Mankato Public Safety – Fire for preventing or responding to cooking fires include:
1.) Keep the lid to the pot or pan you are cooking with readily available in case a fire should occur.
2.) Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.
3.) Never leave cooking unattended.
4.) Teach your children how to cook properly and how to read and follow directions.
5.) Organize your cooking area, keeping fire safety in mind.

Those looking for more information may contact Jeff Bengtson, deputy director of the City of Mankato’s Department of Public Safety Fire Division, at 507-420-9065.

“The staff at Minnesota State University, Mankato have been eager to help us deliver this education to a broad audience,” said Bengtson. “We’re grateful for their partnership and hope that this will lead to other opportunities to reduce the fire hazard in the community.”

The trailer used for the demonstration will be rented from the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association. The April 24 demonstrations will mark the first time the trailer has been used in Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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