Stop, Look & Cook SAFELY

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Did you know that cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries? Unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires and scald burns are the second leading cause of all burn injuries.

This year our kitchens have become a true beehive of family activity, in addition to cooking, many are serving extra-duty as remote offices and classrooms. With more eating-in and holiday cooking ahead, the most dangerous room of the house will be busier than ever this fall! Appropriately, Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen was selected as the 2020 theme for National Fire Prevention Week. Follow the recommendations below to keep your family safe at home this season and all year round!

STOP: Mise En Place (Prepare)

  • Clear away clutter and give cooking appliances space, coil cords and keep away from counter edges
  • Maintain a clean stovetop and oven to prevent grease buildup
  • Use only microwave-safe containers in your microwave
  • Don’t hang dishtowels on the oven door
  • Keep all flammable items away from the stove including:
    • Fabric: curtains, oven mitts, aprons, towels, napkins
    • Paper: wrappers, paper towels, school and office paperwork
    • Plastic: storage containers, wrappers
    • Aerosols!
  • Dress appropriately when cooking; avoid blousy clothing and roll up long sleeves
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried
  • Keep pets off cooking surfaces and nearby countertops.

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LOOK: Focus on the Food

  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food
  • Turn off the burner if you leave the kitchen—even for a short period of time
  • Cook on back burners and turn pot handles inward to prevent spills and burns
  • Always keep a lid nearby when cooking
  • Turn gas stovetop flames off before reaching above the stove
  • Prevent steam burns by removing lids carefully facing away from you to use as a shield
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home
  • Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking or carry around a wooden spoon as a reminder
  • Keep your face away from the oven door when checking or removing food
  • Open microwaved food slowly, away from your face
  • Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges
  • Let food cool before eating

Put A Lid On ItCOOK: Put A Lid on It

  • If a small grease fire starts, slide a lid over the pan, turn off burner and leave covered until cool
  • Never discharge a portable fire extinguisher into a grease fire because it will spread the flames
  • In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed until the oven is cool
  • If case of a microwave fire, turn the appliance off immediately and keep the door closed
  • After any appliance fire, have the unit serviced before attempting to use again

Some content: National Fire Protection Association

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