La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) ---- The La Crosse Fire Department says its seen an increase in injuries from people trying to put out cooking fires on their own. As a result, they are launching a community outreach dealing with fire safety.
Who knew that barely an inch of oil in a hot pan could blow up? Lt. Kyle Soden from the La Crosse Fire Department says when people see the demonstration their reactions are all the same. "Most of it is just awe. They had no idea that a little grease fire on their stove by doing what seems to be natural by putting water on a fire.
In the last year five fires started this way. Three resulted in injuries mostly from teens home alone after school. Mayor Tim Kabat says the city needed this. "The city wouldn't be able to fund this on our own because of the limited budget that we have but having partners step up in the community is huge."
The La Crosse Community Foundation and The Franke Foundation made the fire safety trailer a reality. Mel Hoffman says he knows now the money donated will go to good use. "It was quite a demonstration and I hope that it's one that everyone gets to see and if you don't see it at least understand the dangers of using kitchen water where there's an oil fire involved. Amazing."
Chief Gregg Cleveland says "Hopefully when you were in school you toured the fire station. And we found in talking to college students that they remember those things and more important we want to remind them of the things that they need to do to cook safely.
The Fire Department says they will travel to schools and community events to do the demonstration. Their next stop is Oktoberfest.
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