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Fire Prevention Week October 6th-12th focuses on kitchen fires

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Sunday, October 6th kicks off Fire Prevention Week. This year, the focus is on preventing kitchen fires.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire-related injuries. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen.

"They start because lots of times people leave food unattended. They'll start cooking something and leave the room for whatever reason or forget what they're doing, sit down, fall asleep, anything like that," said Captain Sharon Regenold with the Cedar Falls Fire Department.

Fire Prevention Week is October 6th through 12th. It's always the week of October 9th to commemorate the Chicago fire in the 1800s, which destroyed a large portion of the city.

Focusing on the theme of kitchen fires this year, firefighters have some safety tips.

Most importantly in fire prevention, don't leave food unattended. Also, don't wear loose clothing while cooking, don't let children or pets within a three foot area of the stove and keep pot handles turned in to help prevent the likelihood of burns.

"Anybody who's experienced a fire knows how devastating it is. If we can prevent any one of these, it's a positive thing," said Captain Regenold.

The main goal of Fire Prevention Week is spreading a message of fire safety to people in the community. That's why kindergarten through sixth graders in Cedar Falls will be making posters on more than three thousand paper bags donated by the Cedar Falls Hy-Vee.

"Hy-Vee donates grocery bags that we use to draw the posters on. We then judge the poster contest, take the children's name off the posters, and return those to Hy-Vee. The store in turn use them to bag groceries with so we get the safety message out in the community," said Regenold.

Children and their families are also invited to an open house on Thursday, October 10th from 3:30 to 7 p.m. It's at fire station three located at Greenhill Road and Main Street.

Kids can tour the fire station and get an up close look at a fire truck and an ambulance.

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