NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The North Charleston Fire Department is ramping up its prevention effort of kitchen fires. The department launched its Senior Care Program, which equips seniors' homes with fire safety devices, all for free.
Eighty-eight-year-old Eleanor Sullivan had a friendly visit from the North Charleston Fire Department Wednesday evening.
"I feel safe. I feel more comfortable with knowing that I have something that I can count on."
"We go into their homes, and we actually check their smoke detectors," explains Fire Marshal Cindy Killette. "If they need smoke detectors, we install smoke detectors. If they just need a simple changing of the battery, we have extra batteries. We change the batteries. We install the stove top fire suppressors."
The fire extinguishers are the size of tuna cans, with a dry chemical inside. Killette says they install two at a time.
"If you ever have a kitchen fire or something on your stove catches on fire, there's a temperature reading in here, and once it gets to a certain temperature, it will ignite and the chemical will put the fire out."
She says they want to get the word out and put the extinguishers and smoke detectors in as many homes as possible. She says since January, the North Charleston Fire Department as responded to 30 kitchen fires.
"When we leave their home, we've done everything we can to make sure that they are safe."
According to the National Fire Incident Reporting System, there are 164,500 home cooking fires per year.