EDMOND — Two bright, juicy green and red peppers, five cloves of garlic and one perfectly round white onion were sliced and diced with ease as fire Battalion Capt. Doug Hall started to make a batch of secret Firehouse Chili.
Two types of fresh beef surrounded by a variety of different kinds of spices waited on the counter as Hall and firefighter Lindall Wood let the secret recipe out of the firehouse in an effort to talk about kitchen fires.
Two-thirds of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or cooking materials.
The two Edmond firefighters are the stars of a firehouse cooking show with a twist of safety.
Kitchen fires is the theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week, which starts Sunday.
The firehouse chili recipe has been around for years and has changed a little over time.
Sometimes it has a hotter bite to it.
“You can't beat it,” Wood said.
The cooking show — which Hall and Wood said was their first and their last — can be seen on Cox channel 20 and AT&T U-verse TV channel 99 or online at www.edmondok.com starting Oct. 6.
In 2011, kitchen fires were responsible for 44 percent of all reported home fires, 470 deaths, 5,390 injuries and more than $1 billion in property damages, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
“Cooking is one of the biggest issues,” said Mike Barnes, chief of prevention.