WILMINGTON, NC (WECT/AP) – A third of the more than 8,100 home fires in North Carolina last year were caused by people cooking, according to State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin.
Goodwin says people need to stay in the kitchen any time they are frying, grilling or broiling food. He says people need to stay home any time they are cooking and use a timer to remind them they are using the stovetop or oven.
Fire Prevention Week kicked off Monday and Goodwin is using this week to emphasize the prevention of kitchen fires.
New Hanover County Fire Services and the Wilmington Fire Department have joined efforts to deliver meals and check smoke alarms of clients enrolled in the Home Delivered Meal Program.
Fire Chief Buddy Martinette took time Monday to deliver meals Monday with Wilmington City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, people are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires at the age of 65, three times as likely at 75, and four times as likely at 85, compared to the population at large.
Goodwin is encouraging families to hold fire drills Wednesday to practice how they would respond if their home caught fire.
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