Cedar Rapids Warns of Cooking Fires

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By Ben Hoppenworth

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Cedar Rapids is stressing cooking fires during Fire Prevention Week.

City fire department spokesman Greg Buelow notes that through Sept. 30, 24 of the 93 residential fires in Cedar Rapids have started in kitchens, primarily because of unattended cooking.

The department recommends that people remain in their kitchens when frying, grilling or broiling food. If they must leave even briefly, they should turn off the stove or oven.

People also shouldn't use the oven or stovetop when they are sleepy or under the influence of alcohol.

Other tips include making sure flammable objects aren't near the stove and cleaning up food and grease from burners and the stovetop.

More tips are available at the fire department's website at www.cedar-rapids.org/fire.

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