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October 11, 2013

Most kitchen fires can be avoided

Can kitchen fires be avoided? To answer that question we must look at two things. First, do we have the facts as to what a safe kitchen should be? Then after reviewing our own kitchen does it fit within these guidelines?

Fire prevention week is Oct. 6-12. This is the time of year that is set aside by National Fire Protection Association to concentrate on certain locations inside the home. This year is in the kitchen area. The thought process behind breaking a single home into sections is to look at the many different rooms and areas inside the home to figure out how to make it fire safe. Trying to look at any home as a whole could be overwhelming.

So back to our original question, "Can most kitchen fires be avoided? I believe the answer would be yes! But in order for this to happen we as individuals must step up to the plate and ask ourselves one very important question, "How much do we value our belongings and most importantly, our family?" We all must find the time to evaluate our homes and make not only our kitchens but our entire homes safe from fire. With this in mind reality tells us that there could still be the chance that an unseen problem could occur and we could have a fire somewhere in our home. But I believe that by getting the facts and making the effort we will greatly enhance our chances of not having a fire. Making our homes fire safe is no different than doing preventive maintenance on our family vehicle, making sure our children make it to school safely or looking both ways before crossing the street. The first step would be to install smoke detectors in all living spaces including bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms. Also in laundry rooms and in basements. The Centerville Fire Department has a program that provides a home owner up to three smoke detectors installed in the home free of charge. If the property owner wishes to install them they will have that option. Having a fire extinguisher in the home is a must.

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