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Safety tips spotlighted during Fire Prevention Week
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland Fire Department is trying to drive home some basic safety tips during Fire Prevention Week.

The annual awareness event runs October 3 to 9.  It is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association.  This year's theme is Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With.

Lee Nelson talked about the safety campaign with Capt. Keith Gautreau from the Portland Fire Department.

Gautreau stressed the importance of being careful in the kitchen, because that is where most household fires start.  He said heating sources are another common origin point for fires.

Gautreau said safety equipment like smoke alarms and fire extinguishers can save lives and property.

Although workplaces are required to stock fire extinguishers, Gautreau said most employees are never trained to properly use them.  One simple tip he offered was to rotate your extinguisher monthly to keep the chemicals inside of it mixed.  Extinguishers should also be inspected annually.

In 40 percent of fire-related fatalities, Gautreau said the homes where they occurred did not have a working smoke alarm.  To provide maximum protection, alarms must be mounted properly and loaded with fresh batteries.

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