Belton: Fire Dept. equips kitchens with StoveTop FireStops

(Photo by Elliot Wilson)

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) The Belton Fire Department is working to prevent kitchen fires, installing 302 pairs of StoveTop FireStops in just three days.

Cooking fires are the number one cause of residential structure fires, the National Fire Protection Agency says.

If a stove fire breaks out, the FireStops released a fire-suppressing powder automatically to extinguish the flames.

The Belton Fire Department receives many kitchen fire calls from Belle Oaks Apartments and Housing Authority apartments and that prompted officials to install the FireStops.

The department started the effort in February and is willing to help out any Belton resident with the installation of the devices free of charge.

"FireStops are like a 24-hour-seven-day-a-week firefighter standing there. If a fire ignites on the stove, when the flame reaches this device, it'll actually deploy some extinguishing agents and it will suppress the fire,” Fire Chief Bruce Pritchard said.

A fire safety grant has helped the department pay for the FireStops.