Fire Prevention Week Cooking Tips

Did you know? The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is due to unattended cooking. During Fire Prevention Week, there are many tips to help you stay alert and prevent fires.

The National Fire Protection Association warns you to “cook with caution” as there are many ways that fires can break out. Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, stay away from the stove. Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. Turn off the stove if you step away for even a minute.

Check on your food consistently and stay in your home while the stove or oven is being used. Make sure to set a timer to remind you when your food is ready. Of course, keep all flammable items, such as food packaging and oven mitts, away from the stove top.

If you do happen to have a small grease fire on the stove top, quickly cover the pan with a lid, turn off the heat, and wait until it is completely cooled to remove the lid. If a fire occurs in the oven, turn off the heat and keep the door closed!

If you have any doubts about fighting the fire, don’t. Leave the residence and immediately call 911 once you are outside and safe. Close the door on your way out to help contain the fire.

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