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Fire Prevention Week – Kitchen Safety

 

 


 

Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen – Tips

 

Cooking is the main cause of home fires and fire injuries. By practicing fire safety, you can prevent cooking fires and help keep your family safe.
Stand by your pan. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
Keep an eye on what you fry. Be aware of grease. When too hot, grease can catch fire quickly. Most cooking fires start when someone is frying food.
Turn pan handles to the back of the stove. No one will be able to bump them or pull them over.
Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby. Use the lid to cover the pan if it catches on fire. This will put the fire out.
Dress to cook. Wear short sleeves or roll sleeves up so they don't catch fire. Loose clothing can inadvertently contact a flame and catch on fire. Tie long hair back to keep away from heat and flames.
Be alert. Make sure that you are awake and alert. Alcohol and some drugs can make you sleepy.
Watch the kids. Make sure children and pets stay at least 3 feet away from a hot stove.
Move things that can burn away from the stove. This includes dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper, and curtains.
Use a timer. Regularly check food that is simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling. Use a timer as a reminder that food is cooking.
Have working smoke alarms. Working smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need alarms to give you time to get out.