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Durham Fire Department notes increase in kitchen fires during COVID-19 pandemic

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DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — The aftermath of a fire can be shocking.

“It’s more than just you burn up your favorite pan and have to throw it in the trash. And it can happen really, really quickly,” said Elaine Towner, Durham Fire Department life safety educator.

That’s why every October, the Durham Fire Department tries educate residents about fire safety before it’s too late.

This year is all about safety in the kitchen. Durham firefighters said they have seen an increase in kitchen fires during the pandemic.

“There are a lot of distractions going on in people’s’ homes because that’s where they are all the time and it’s really easy to lose track of what’s going on in your kitchen,” Towner said.

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Towner says the number one way to prevent a kitchen fire-don’t leave your stove unattended if

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Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office wants to rebuild garden for victims of crime following fire

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – A garden dedicated to the innocent victims of violent crimes more than two decades ago went up in flames this week.

On Wednesday, firefighters responded to Courage Garden, located behind the Jefferson County Court, around 7:30 p.m. Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader says the fire is being investigated as arson.

Courage Garden was built 25 years ago after Victim Outreach, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people impacted by trauma, asked the county for land to create a memorial for victims.

In 1995, the same year Courage Garden was created, a gazebo was built by community members and funded by several law enforcement agencies in honor of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Timothy Michael Mossbrucker. He was shot to death while responding to a shooting at a grocery store on April 28, 1995. Sgt. Mossbrucker was the first officer to arrive on the scene.

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State Farm teams up with Scarborough Fire Department to serve up kitchen safety

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm agent Michelle Raber are teaming up with the Scarborough Fire Department to support Fire Prevention Week, an annual public awareness campaign promoting home fire safety.

State Farm agents are delivering Fire Prevention Week toolkits to more than 2,500 fire departments across the country, including Scarborough. Each toolkit includes resources for Fire Prevention Week, taking place Oct. 4-10, including brochures, magnets, posters and more. The Fire Department will be sharing these resources with schools and communities this fall in support of the campaign.

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” focuses on cooking fire safety. Home cooking fires represent the leading cause of all fires with nearly half – 49 percent – happening in the kitchen. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of these fires.

“The good news is that the majority of kitchen fires are

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Fire Destroys Jefferson County Gazebo, Burns Courage Garden

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Jefferson County authorities are investigating after a fire destroyed a 25-year-old gazebo on Wednesday night. The gazebo was located in the Courage Garden outside the Jefferson County Government Center.



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Golden firefighters rushed to put out the fire about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday but the gazebo, benches and part of the garden were lost.



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The gazebo was built for and dedicated in honor of fallen Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mossbrucker in 1995. It also honored crime victims and Jefferson County

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Kitchen fire damages El Cajon apartment units, 20 residents displaced

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EL CAJON, Calif. (CNS) – An unattended kitchen stove was blamed for an apartment fire in El Cajon Tuesday evening that caused damage to six apartments and displaced at least 20 residents.

Deputies responded to the 400 block of East Bradley Avenue, near Magnolia Avenue, about 7:25 p.m. and found a second story apartment fully engulfed in flames, according to Sgt. Patrick Fox of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

The fire immediately threatened at least 10 apartments, all of which were evacuated, and an additional 10 apartments directly south of where the fire occurred were evacuated as a precaution, Fox said.

Firefighters from the San Miguel, Santee and El Cajon fire departments were able to extinguish the flames and deputies learned no one was inside the apartment when the fire started, he said.

The occupants of the apartment where the fire began were interviewed by authorities and it was

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Fire safety tips | wfmynews2.com

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Fire officials say cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — National Fire Prevention Week runs from October 4th to October 10th. This year’s campaign is titled “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” It’s geared towards educating everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. The horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. During the

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Real fire demo shows public dangers in the kitchen and how to prevent a blaze

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GOLDEN, Colo. (KDVR) — The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) presented a real-fire demonstration to remind people the dangers of simply preparing a meal in your kitchen. 

It can happen quite literally in a flash. That’s why the DFPC teamed up with the Fairmount Fire Protection District to cook up a little demo.

“It’s important that we be safe in the kitchen,” said DFPC Section Chief Christopher Brunette.

It was the perfect place for the fire show: the Fairmount Fire Training Facility just outside Golden.

Under the watchful eyes of fire fighting professionals, fires were intentionally set in a controlled environment, all to send a message:

“Thanksgiving is our biggest day for home fires and so if we can start to illuminate those fires and teach people how to be proactive and safe in the kitchen, then we can illuminate a lot of the casualties,” Brunette said.

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Help prevent fires in the kitchen is theme for Fire Prevention Week | Livingston/Tangipahoa

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The National Fire Protection Association, the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 95 years, has announced “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10.

This year’s focus on cooking fire safety is supported by findings from NFPA’s newly released U.S. Home Cooking Fires report, which shows that cooking is the leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire injuries; nearly half (49%) of all U.S. home fires are caused by cooking activities, a news release said.

“Cooking continues to be a major contributor to the home fire problem,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of NFPA’s Outreach and Advocacy division. “This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign works to better educate the public about where potential cooking hazards exist, along with basic but critical ways to prevent them.”

According to the report, approximately 173,000 cooking fires occur in homes each

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Kitchen safety, alarms key to fire prevention

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Forty per cent of residential fires in Fort St. John over the past five years did not have working smoke alarms.

It’s an alarming statistic as firefighters mark Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4 to 10, put on by the Office of the Fire Commissioner and this year focused on kitchen safety.

Fire Prevention Officer Capt. Marco D’Agostino says the theme is highly relevant, with residents staying home due to the ongoing pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has kept many of us at home more often this year, so this year’s Fire Prevention Week of Serving Up Safety in the Kitchen is extremely relevant,” said D’Agostino, noting that smoke alarms are crucial for fire prevention.

The fire department has issued the following kitchen safety tips:

The department is celebrating Fire Prevention Week a little differently this year, serving up safety tips by producing their own video on kitchen safety. D’Agostino says the

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JBLM serves up fire safety in the kitchen | Article

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By Edward Chavez, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fire PreventionOctober 5, 2020

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fire Prevention Office, in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association, is celebrating National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-10. The theme this year is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.”According to NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Almost half (44%) of all reported home fires start in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food and/or other cooking materials.“We know cooking fires can be prevented,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice-president of outreach and advocacy. “Staying in the kitchen, using a timer and avoiding distractions such as electronics or TV are steps everyone can take to keep families safe in their homes.”The JBLM Fire Prevention Office believes the most important action you can

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