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Batavia Fire Department to host open house

BATAVIA – The Batavia Fire Department will kick off National Fire Prevention Week with an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The open house will be at Batavia Fire Station 2 at 1400 Main St., Batavia. Activities will include station tours, touch-a-firetruck, demonstrations and more.

The theme of this year’s National Fire Prevention Week, which runs through Oct. 12, is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association, 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.

The Batavia Fire Department recommends the following tips to “Get Cookin’ With Fire Safety”:

• Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food.

• If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.

• When you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home and use a timer to remind you.

• If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.

• When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.

• Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels and anything else that can burn away from your stovetop.

• Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.

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