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MASON CITY, Iowa - The Mason City firehouse had its 10th annual open house on Sunday.
October is fire safety month and this year’s focus is on kitchen fire prevention.
According to local fire officials, 26 percent of house fires are started in the kitchen.
Mason City Fire Chief, Bob Platts said that some fires can cause enough damage to put major financial burdens on a family, but there is a cheap solution to prevent a hefty bill.
"Change the batteries,” he said, “they're about $3 a piece.”
When talking about a situation that the fire department dealt with earlier this year, Platts talked about how even though firefighters do their best to salvage anything they can in a fire, more times than not, an extensive amount of damage is done.
“We were talking about a fire in one room we had recently caused between $60 and $70,000 in damages in the house,” Platts said, “so it's important to make sure you maintain those smoke detector."
Platts also said that days like today are important for younger kids to get better acquainted with firemen in their uniforms so that if an emergency ever comes about...they won't be frightened by an unfamiliar figure
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