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.
Put A Lid On It!
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Do you know what to do if there’s a grease fire in your kitchen? Don’t throw water on it; put a lid on it!
Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. Not all fires are the same. If grease is involved, water or a blanket can cause the fire to spread. Keep a pot lid nearby, and if the fire is small and you won’t be harmed, slide a lid over the fire and turn off the burner. Leave the lid on until the pot or pan has had time to completely cool. Also, make sure you have a working fire extinguisher nearby. Kitchen fire extinguishers spray material that does not cause the oil to splash, which could cause the fire to spread. Check the fire extinguisher’s label for more information.
Here are a few other helpful safety tips to keep in mind when cooking:
- Perform regular cleanings on and around your stove to prevent buildups that could fuel a fire;
- Keep an eye on what you fry;
- Be alert when cooking;
- Keep things that can catch fire away from the cooking area.
For more tips, visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website at nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/cooking.