Park Rapids fire hall was local 'hot spot' Saturday
The Park Rapids Fire Department turned up the heat and threw open the fire hall doors for their annual open house.
The family-friendly event attracted many. A dunk tank and bouncy house, complete with water slide, drenched giggling youngsters.
Firefighters grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings, plus a serving of their famous firehouse beans.
Fire engines and the newly remodeled fire hall were open for public tours.
The Park Rapids crew also demonstrated how to properly extinguish a kitchen grease fire and propane fire.
Crystal Krautkremer, the sole female firefighter in Park Rapids, quizzed young and old about fire prevention during the demos. She reminded families that kitchen fires easily happen when the cook get distracted.
"It takes less than 15 minutes for a kitchen fire to start," Krautkremer said. "The biggest thing I want to convey is that you need to stay near that kitchen when you're working with anything on the stove."
The leading cause of kitchen fires is inattentive cooking.
Krautkremer said it's a common misconception that you can throw water, flour or sugar on a grease fire.
"All three of those will make that fire explode," she warned. "The way to put out a kitchen fire: You need to smother it with a lid."
Krautkremer reminded everyone to have a working smoke detector in the kitchen at all times.
"If you can't get close enough to put the lid on and put the fire out, you need to call the fire department, especially if it's a grease fire. It can get out of control very quickly."
Don't attempt to remove the pan from the stove until it has cooled off, she added, otherwise the grease can splatter and spread the flames.