Holiday Cooking Safety

The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holiday season. Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries? Follow a few safety tips to prevent these fires.
-Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
-Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling dinner.
-If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly. Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking.
-Keep anything that can catch fire~ oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, curtains, and/or clothing~ away from the stovetop.
Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
IF YOU HAVE A COOKING FIRE:
•Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
•For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT ABOUT FIGHTING A SMALL FIRE….
•Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
•Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

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