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Fire prevention week focuses on kitchen safety

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This year the city will be providing fire safety information virtually during Fire Prevention Week. Once large public gatherings can be conducted again, a large inflatable “safety house” — made possible by a donation in March from Church on the Move — will be part of the Fire Department’s efforts to educate local children. (Submitted Photo)

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Like many events in this time of a pandemic, Fire Prevention Week will be at home and online.

“Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” is the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week, which continues through Saturday.

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries in the United States, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. On its website, the NFPA has informational and educational materials, many aimed at children, such as a downloadable cooking safety checklist and videos.

The city of Roswell will also be providing fire safety information virtually, said Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the city.

Normally throughout October’s Fire Prevention Month, the Roswell Fire Department would be making presentations to school children, Widlermuth said.

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“Usually our Fire Prevention Division, which features our fire marshals, they’re usually out there in schools as often as they can be giving presentations and teaching kids about fire safety,” he said.

The department has a new educational tool they’re eager to use when large public gatherings can be conducted again, Wildermuth said — a large inflatable “safety house” made possible by a donation in March from Church on the Move.

“The fire department is going to use that in presentations to show kids fire safety in different rooms. We’re hoping to get a chance to use it much more once we can do those kinds of presentations again,” Wildermuth said.

Instead, the city will post informational items on its website, ronswell-nm.gov, and the RFD’s Facebook page. The city blog will feature the Fire Prevention Division and its staff in the coming weeks, and Fire Marshal Matt Miller will offer fire safety information in a video, Wildermuth said.

Wildermuth said anyone with specific questions about fire prevention can contact the Fire Prevention Division at 575-624-6830.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.