Many families gather in the kitchen to spend time together, but it can be one of the most hazardous rooms in the house if you don’t practice safe cooking behaviors. Unattended cooking remains the leading cause of fires throughout the US. With this in mind, here are some tips to reduce your risk of kitchen fires & burns:
● Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave, turn off the stove.
● If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
● Keep things that burn away from the cooking area & appliances in your kitchen. Don’t place towels, pot holders, pizza boxes, or paper bags on the stove or near hot appliances.
● Clean any grease build-up from the stove, oven & exhaust fan regularly.
● Cooking grease & oil ignite easily & burn rapidly.
√ Use a lid or bigger pan to smother a small pan fire.
√ Do not use water or flour on a grease fire – it will make the fire bigger.
√ Do not carry a burning pan outside or to the sink – it could spread the fire
to a larger area.
● Avoid reaching over the stove for anything while
√ Store frequently used items in other areas of the kitchen.
√ Keep young children & pets away from cooking areas entirely.
● Keep pot handles turned inward, out of the reach of children & pets.
● Keep appliance cords up on counter tops. Check cords regularly for frayed or
broken spots. Replace damaged cords or appliances.
● Dress for fire safety in the kitchen – wear short, tightfitting
sleeves when cooking.
●Shield yourself from steam when uncovering food, especially microwave servings.
Steam can cause serious burns.
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