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Hot stuff for homes
Atlanta show to feature new products, fire safety exhibit

Like most parents, Michael Schoppenhorst was concerned when his young son would play in the kitchen. Now 7 years old, the boy knows better, but when he was younger, he would stick his hand around the stove. It's something most kids do, but it only takes one time for them to get burned.

"It was a real concern," Schoppenhorst said. "He would stick his hand up there, and what if the stove was still hot? That could be very bad."

Worries such as these can now be put on the back burner, thanks to the new Electrolux Icon cooking range. The burners only heat up when a metal object is placed on them and immediately cool off when the metal object is removed. Unless your kid is a metallic robot, burned hands may be a thing of the past.

"It's great for the elderly, too," said Schoppenhorst, director of the Fall Atlanta Home Show. "When you remove the metal pot, the whole thing turns off. It's amazing."

Never heard of this cooking wonder? Don't worry, most people haven't. It hasn't hit the market just yet, but it will be showcased as part of Electrolux's fall line sneak peak at the Atlanta Home Show.

Held today through Sunday at the Cobb Galleria Centre, the Atlanta Home Show will feature about 350 exhibitors, each highlighting new products and trends from their upcoming catalogs.

Safety will be a key feature at the 24th annual show. Aside from home safety products, the show will also include The Fire Safety House.

The interactive exhibit for children and parents will educate the family on fire prevention and how to survive a house fire. After kids learn lessons from the safety house, they can put their knowledge to the test during a fire simulation, complete with theatrical smoke and heated doorknobs.

"We've had reports that children have actually saved family members' lives from the training they got in the safety house," Schoppenhorst said.

Home seminars, real estate lectures and cooking demonstrations are also a draw for the expected 30,000-plus crowd. This year, patrons can expect to get unusual grilling tips from Mad Dog and Merrill, as well as kitchen know-how from 8-year-old author Max Nania, and "Faking it Fabulous" author Kimberly Vess.

"We've got some great food cooking up," Schoppenhorst said. "Mad Dog and Merrill are a favorite. They love doing things like grilling Twinkies and other usual things. It will be great for tailgating season."

Home shows typically fit into a specific niche market, offering items for townhome owners or high-end buyers. Not so with the Atlanta Home Show.

As one of the largest and oldest home shows in the metro area, it offers a range of items for one-stop shopping.

No matter the size of the dwelling, Schoppenhorst said, there is something for every homeowner - or townhome, condo or apartment owner. Shoppers should come prepared for good bargains, as manufacturers often hand out deals on their sneak-peak items.

"This show was designed to meet the needs of homeowners regardless of their budget size and style of home. There is something here for everyone," he said. "I'd say you need to plan on coming at least two days if you're doing serious shopping, which most people do. You can get some great deals."

SideBar:

What: The Fall Atlanta Home Show

When: Today through Sunday. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. today, noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to

8 p.m. Saturday and noon to

6 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta

Cost: Tickets are $10 for one-day pass or $15 for a two-day pass

Info: Visit www.atlantahomeshow.com.