Cooking is the leading cause of home fires nationwide. Two St. Peters residents became part of this statistic on Monday, Nov. 27 when frying chicken and bacon led to fires in their kitchens. Both residences were equipped with automatic fire suppression systems, commonly known as sprinklers, that rapidly extinguished the flames, limiting damage to the buildings.

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Central County Fire & Rescue is encouraging residents to put fire safety on their Turkey Day menu this year.

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Kidde has recalled 134 models of its fire extinguishers manufactured between 1973 and 2017.

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How can I help? For more than 20 years Captain Doug Raines has asked that question and made a lasting impact on our community. In October 2017 he was honored for his efforts, being named one of the 2017 Beyond the Best, which recognizes 50 top local business and community members.

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October is Fire Prevention Month. This year's theme — "Every second counts: Plan two ways out!" — reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan in place.