Travel Safety Initiatives
We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.
Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.
Residential Fire at 405 Meadowmont Lane, July 17
The Chapel Hill Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 8:04 p.m. Monday, July 17, at 405 Meadowmont Lane. The caller reported a fire in the kitchen.
Two residents were treated for minor smoke inhalation at the scene.
The residents successfully extinguished the fire with a home fire extinguisher upon arrival of the first Chapel Hill Fire Department engine company. The fire was limited to the stove area. A second engine company assisted in evacuating the heavy smoke that was a result of the fire. In all, nine fire personnel were on scene and were assisted by the South Orange Rescue Squad.
The official cause of the fire is under investigation.
It is important to perform regular cleanings on and around your stove, including the fan hood. Grease can build up and provide fuel for a fire.
The National Fire Protection Agency has some helpful tips to keep in mind if you're involved in a cooking fire:
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
- If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
- Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
For more helpful information about cooking safety, visit: nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/cooking/safety-messages-about-cooking.
For more information, contact Ran Northam, community safety communications specialist, at email@example.com or 919-969-4878.