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Kitchen fires number one cause of structure fires

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Chief James Carswell says kitchen fires are the number one cause of structure fires in Dougherty County Chief James Carswell says kitchen fires are the number one cause of structure fires in Dougherty County
The Albany Fire Department encourages people to limit their distractions when cooking The Albany Fire Department encourages people to limit their distractions when cooking
The 19th annual Kids Fire Safety Show will be at the Albany Civic Center on Wednesday The 19th annual Kids Fire Safety Show will be at the Albany Civic Center on Wednesday
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany Firefighters are warning you about the danger of kitchen fires as they kick off National Fire Prevention week. Kitchen safety is the theme.

 Fires started by cooking are the most common cause of fires in Dougherty County, making up 42% of them. Fire officials say kitchen fires caused more than a million dollars worth of damage in the county over the last year, and they urge you to limit distractions while you cook.

"If you have to walk away take something with you like a spoon or a potholder, something to remind you that you're actually cooking something in the kitchen because normally what happens is people get distracted on the phone or watching TV or even sitting down and going to sleep," said Chief James Carswell.

 The Albany Fire Department will also host their 19th annual Kids Fire Safety Show at the Albany Civic Center Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

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