Cooking

Cooking


Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and household fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of these fires, most of which start with the ignition of common household items including grease, paper, cabinets and curtains.

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Cooking Safety Basics


  • Never leave food unattended while it’s cooking on the stove, and closely monitor food cooking in the oven
  • Maintain a clean and tidy cooking area that is free of items that catch on fire easily, such as cloth (curtains, potholders, towels, etc.), paper (cook books, food packaging, newspapers, etc.), and plastic (food packaging, storage containers, etc.)
  • Roll up your shirtsleeves, or wear short, tight sleeves while cooking, so your clothes don’t accidentally hang onto stove burners and catch fire
  • Always keep a potholder, oven mitt, and lid on hand
  • Never use a wet potholder or oven mitt, in order to avoid scalding when the moisture in the cloth heats up
  • Never plug microwaves into extension cords, and never microwave metal containers or tinfoil
  • Keep children and pets away from cooking areas

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In the Event of Stove top Fire:


  • If the fire is small and contained in a pan, put on an oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan
  • Turn off the burner
  • Don’t remove the lid until it is completely cool
  • Never pour water on a grease fire
  • Never discharge a fire extinguisher onto a pan fire since it can splatter burning grease out of the pan and spread the fire

 

In the Event of Oven Fire:


  • Turn off the heat
  • Keep the oven door closed to prevent you and your clothes from catching fire
  • Notify other occupants, and evacuate the building
  • Call the fire department

In the Event of Microwave Fire:


  • Keep the microwave door closed
  • Unplug the microwave to remove the source of heat
  • Notify other occupants, and evacuate the building
  • Call the fire department

FACTS


The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

COOKING AND KIDS-Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

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One Reply to “Cooking”

  1. For picnics, pack cooked eggs and egg dishes in an insulated cooler with enough ice or frozen gel packs to keep them cold. At the picnic area, put the cooler in the shade if possible and keep the lid closed as much as you can.

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