LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Fire Prevention Week started Sunday. This year's theme: Prevent Kitchen Fires.
More fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
For the past couple of weeks, the La Crosse Fire Department has been visiting grade schools, teaching students about fire safety.
The department also has a kitchen fire demo to show what not to do during a kitchen fire.
They said never leave an item on the stove unattended.
"If you do walk away from it and you do end up having a fire, the safest thing to do is get a lid for that pot or that pan, put the lid on it, and then shut the heat off, call the fire department, and let us make sure the fire is put out," said Division Chief Craig Snyder.
National Fire Prevention week was created to commemorate The Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
The anniversary of the fire falls within that week.
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