For centuries cooking has brought families and friends together. Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries? You can do your part in preventing a cooking disaster by following a few simple tips.
- Always cook with caution: be alert when cooking.
- Stay in the kitchen at all times while you are frying, boiling, broiling, or grilling food. If you need to leave the kitchen at any time be sure to turn off the stove.
- Regularly check on any food that is simmering, baking, or roasting and always remain inside the home.
- Clean your workspace. Kitchen fires can also be avoided by moving any oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains away from the stovetop.
If you have a small grease or cooking fire and decide to fight the fire smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. If you experience an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire safely, get yourself out of the house, close the door behind you and call 9-1-1 from a safe place.