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Officials talk kitchen fire danger

By The Herald Staff | 10/4/2013

“Something’s burning in the kitchen” is never good news for hungry diners or firefighters.

The theme of national Fire Prevention Month in October is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”

“Something’s burning in the kitchen” is never good news for hungry diners or firefighters.

The theme of national Fire Prevention Month in October is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”

Forty percent of residential fires start in the kitchen, Jeff Carner, Ottawa fire chief, told Ottawa city commissioners Wednesday night during their commission meeting at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. The chief was on hand to talk about the fire prevention campaign and to accept a proclamation from the city designating Oct. 6-12 as fire prevention week in Ottawa.

Most kitchen fires are preventable, Carner said, and this year’s campaign will provide cooking safety tips.

The community has been supportive of the annual fire prevention campaign, Carner said, adding that firefighters are scheduled to give about 100 presentations during October.

Free smoke detectors are available at the fire department’s main station, 720 W. Second St., Ottawa, Carner said.

“The only requirement is that they have to be a Franklin County resident,” he said.

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