Kitchen fires up 88 percent as residents stay at home, Durham Fire Department says

  • Source: WTVD-TV ABC 11 Durham
  • Published: 05/18/2020 10:53 AM

Firetrucks and firefighters are something you never want to see at your home. But the Durham Fire Department said they've seen a major increase in calls. "During the stay-at-home order there's a lot of kitchen fires. Well that makes complete sense when you think about it," said Durham Fire Department Chief Robert Zoldos. Since the beginning of the stay-at-home order, Durham Fire Department said they've seen an 88 percent increase in kitchen fires. "Everyone's at home. And a lot of people--not me--but my kids are experimenting with cooking and trying new things," Zoldos said. Zoldos said now is the time to refresh yourself on some safety types. "Always use your timers. Those are very helpful. Stovetop timers are great. Our cell phone timer is great also," said DFD captain Carol Reardon.


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