Hastings Fire Prevention Officer Linda Waldron says more home fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else.
"The number one problem for the kitchen fires is people forget they are cooking, they leave things unattended, get busy, interrupted by something else, maybe even leave the house and forget that it's on," says Waldron.
That has local fire departments like Hastings and Grand Island talking about kitchen fires in particular as they talk safety during Fire Prevention Week.
GIFD is using their mobile safety house to let students experience what it would be like to escape from a home fire, and Hastings is getting kids as young as pre-school into the fire house so they can get to know firefighters and their gear.
"The kids know what they look like, they're not going to hide, they're not going to pull away from them, we want them to come to the firefighter and know that the firefighter is their friend," says Waldron.
GIFD Capt. Ed Carlin says Prevention Week is a way to get families talking about fire safety.
"The main thing is to spark conversation at home with their parents - you know when the kids go home and ask their mom and dad about smoke detectors maybe the parents will realize that they need to add a couple more smoke detectors," says Carlin.
Carlin says it's an important chance to make escape plans, and to pick a meeting place outside the home - a small step that can save many lives.
"Firefighters will do a lot to go in and save a life - they'll risk their own lives, but if we don't have to go into a fire because everyone is out of the house and we can attack the fire from the outside that's always a good scenario," says Carlin.
"If there's a meeting place, if everybody's out there, we go wow! Then we don't have to worry about rescuing someone and it makes our life a whole lot easier," says Waldron.
And with the upcoming Daylight Saving Time change, firefighters say it's a good time to change smoke detector batteries.