What if you had a way of reducing cooktop fires from 138 in a year to zero? Does that sound unrealistic to you? For any reasonable person who has spent years in the prevention field, it may indeed sound like fantasy. Except it really happened.
The Worcester (MA) Fire Department has been working on a prevention project for some years now, led by Lieutenant Annie Pickett. They have been working with the Worcester Housing Authority (WHA) since learning that 759 apartments in four buildings were generating about 12 stovetop fires per month, which caused about $223,000 in direct property damage in 2015.