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TYLER, October 7, 2013-- It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 the Tyler Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During this year's fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires--most of which result from unattended cooking and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place. Additionally, the Fire Department will be visiting area schools throughout the month as part of its fire prevention and public education program.
According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.
"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Paul Findley, Fire Marshal/PIO. "Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson."
Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:
Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.
For more information, please contact the Tyler Fire Marshal’s Office at 903-535-0005.
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