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"Prevent kitchen fires" is this year's fire prevention week theme

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

The kitchen is the number one place where home fires start. That's according to the National Fire Prevention Association.

Sioux City Fire and Rescue officials said this nationwide trend is reflected in Sioux City.

On average, fire crews are called to about 50 kitchen or cooking-related fires each year.

"The big, most important thing to remember with kitchen safety, with fire safety is be attentive. Be there with it. If you are frying on the cook top, make sure you are staying in the room with it. Make sure you're prepared to cook. Have a tight-fitting lid available and an oven mitt," Fire Marshal Mark Aesoph said.

Along with promoting kitchen safety, Sioux City Fire Rescue crews will also be visiting elementary schools to talk about fire safety and prevention next week.

They will be opening the fire stations for public tours and demonstrations this Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There will be demonstrations at several of the stations: Station #3 at 2630 3rd Street showing how fast fire burns and the effectiveness of fire sprinklers at 3:00 p.m.  And Station #4 at 3109 Dearborn Boulevard will have hands-on fire extinguisher demonstrations and training at 3:00 p.m.

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