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Albemarle Fire & Rescue Kicks Off Fire Prevention Week

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Albemarle County Fire and Rescue shared kitchen safety tips for the start of Fire Prevention Week. Albemarle County Fire and Rescue shared kitchen safety tips for the start of Fire Prevention Week.

Albemarle County Fire and Rescue is cooking up some safety tips and activities for Fire Prevention Week.

Crews will be holding some live fire demonstrations this week to show how you can safely deal with kitchen fires, the theme of this year's Fire Prevention Week.

Albemarle County Fire and Rescue says unattended cooking is a common cause of residential fires, so personnel set up shop at Fashion Square Mall to kick off the week Monday afternoon. The crew handed out educational goodies for the kids and safety pamphlets for the adults.

Assistant Fire Marshal Melvin Bishop says many people have misconceptions about how to put out a kitchen fire. He wants to provide resources and properly train people of all ages to prevent a catastrophe in the kitchen.

"We're trying to help people to learn when you have those type of fires - especially with grease fires - many people right away grab water to put the fire out. What the fire does is cause the fire to spread. So you want to blanket that type of situation," Bishop said.

Bishop also says the best practice for preventing a kitchen fire is to never leave a stove unattended. You should also turn the handle inward.

Albemarle County Fire and Rescue is holding safety activities all week, culminating with a family fun day in the Fashion Square Mall parking lot on Saturday. The event will feature free fire extinguisher training and a live burn demonstration.

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