Fire Department - Oct. 18, 2016
Members of the Winston-Salem Fire Department and the American Red Cross will spend the next three Saturdays going door-to-door in targeted neighborhoods to install stove-top fire suppression canisters as part of an initiative to reduce the number of kitchen fires in Winston-Salem.
This Saturday, Oct. 22, personnel will work in the area bounded by U.S. 52, Fourth Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Business 40, and also on Excelsior Street south of Business 40. The area includes about 150 houses.
Stove-top fire suppressors attach with magnets to the stove hood. If a fire starts, the flame makes the bottom of the canister pop open, dumping a powder that smothers the flame.
Canvass teams will also check to see if houses have working smoke alarms. Those without alarms will be encouraged to apply for the Fire Department’s smoke alarm installation program. Team members will help residents complete the application for that program and schedule a time to install the smoke detectors.
This Fire Department initiative is targeting areas with a history of kitchen fires and is financed with $15,000 out of the department’s fire prevention budget. The department has 450 sets of canisters to distribute among the three areas.
On Oct. 29, the teams will canvass the area east of Cleveland Avenue between 15th and 25th streets, east to Jackson Avenue.
On Nov. 5 the teams will canvass the neighborhood around Kimberley Park Elementary School, bounded by 14th Street, Cherry Street, NW Crawford Place and Underwood Avenue.