Cooking Safety: A Recipe for Fire Prevention

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Cooking Safety: A Recipe for Fire Prevention

Cooking is a delightful activity that brings people together, fostering creativity and relaxation. However, it's crucial to recognize that cooking-related incidents are the leading cause of home fires and injuries. By adhering to a few safety guidelines, you can ensure a safer cooking environment for you and your loved ones.


Cook with Caution:

  1. Stay Alert: Avoid using the stove or stovetop when you're sleepy or under the influence of alcohol.
  2. Kitchen Presence: Never leave the kitchen unattended while frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling. If you need to step away, turn off the stove.
  3. Regular Checks: For simmering, baking, or roasting, check the food regularly and stay in the home. Utilize a timer to remind you of ongoing cooking.
  4. Clear the Area: Keep flammable items such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains away from the stovetop.


Cooking and Kids:

  1. Establish a Kid-Free Zone: Maintain a minimum of 3 feet (1 meter) distance around the stove and areas where hot food or beverages are prepared or carried.

Dealing with Small Fires:

  1. Stovetop Fires: Smother flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Keep the pan covered until it cools.
  2. Oven Fires: Turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.

When in Doubt:

  1. Evacuate Safely: If unsure about tackling a small fire, leave the area immediately. Close doors behind you to contain the fire.
  2. Emergency Services: Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home.

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