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Fire Safety Tips

Cook safely at all times!

Have you ever left the kitchen while cooking for “just a minute”? Have you ever gotten involved in a phone conversation and didn’t remember that you even had the stove on?

These common situations can lead to costly mistakes.  Unattended cooking contributes to frequent house fires. Believe it or not, one small pot with burning food or overheated oil can destroy an entire house.

To avoid such mishaps, here are some basics cooking safety tips

  • Don’t leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen, turn the stove off and move the pot or pan to a cool burner and resume cooking later.
  • If you allow unsupervised children to cook, be sure that they are aware of the consequences of unattended cooking.
  • It is best not to encourage cooking without the presence of an adult or older sibling. “Safe snacks” not requiring cooking are always an alternative.
  • Since the holidays generally bring extra people into the house, be cautious of young children getting in the way while the stove is in use.
  • If a fire occurs while cooking with oil, use a fire extinguisher, (always have one handy in the kitchen).
    • A pan lid or cookie sheet will also help.
  • Do not pick up a burning pan with the idea of tossing it into the sink or out in the yard.
    • Serious burns to one’s face and hands could be the result.
    • You may also end up spreading the fire.
  • Water, baking powder and flour should never be used to extinguish a grease fire due to the possibility of increasing the intensity of the fire.
  • Have plenty of working smoke alarms in your home.
  • Practice home fire drills and let guests be aware of escape routes.
  • Items like pot holders, dish towels, etc., should be placed away from the stove.

For more information, please call 804-748-1426 to speak with one of our Fire and Life Safety Educators.

Cooking Safely