Fire Prevention Week

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As fall moves in the thermostat climbs and fire departments want you to be sure you're safely turning up the heat.

Marietta Fire Chief C.W. Durham says take fifteen minutes this week and check to make sure all your fire alarms, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are working properly.

He says kitchen safety is important.

When there are open flames on top of the stove or you're cooking in the oven, never leave it unattended.

It's all part of fire prevention week.

"Whether it be a fireplace, whether it be your furnace kicking on for the first time for the season, make sure to have everything checked by the manufacturer recommendations," says Chief Durham. "Some things call for a yearly check or inspections, such as a chimney, furnace - you want to make sure those are checked by qualified professionals."

Chief Durham says an average of 100 people a year in Ohio die from home fires.

Talk with your family or people you live with and make sure everyone has two exits out of house in case of a fire and a meeting place outside the house.

The Chief says take time to practice your fire drill.

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