It’s Fire Prevention Week in the U.S., and a La Crosse city committee marked the occasion by approving a plan to make kitchens safer in city owned housing.
The Finance and Personnel committee gave the La Crosse Fire Department permission to accept a government grant for ‘smart burners’ — stovetops that only stay hot if you place a metal pot or pan on the burner.
“They are a burner that, once if they’re left on for too long, the burner actually will cool itself,” La Crosse deputy fire chief Craig Snyder told the committee. “The burners themselves only heat up in contact with metal-type surfaces,” and they will not ignite paper.
Snyder added that cooking accidents are a major cause of home fires — blamed in about 46% of fires in La Crosse.
The grant from FEMA would pay for about 2,000 stovetop units, which could be installed in every high-rise in La Crosse County.
The full city council could vote Thursday on accepting the FEMA fire safety grant.