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Fire Prevention Month Tip: Cooking Safety

Be alert when cooking, don’t leave cooking unattended and cover small pan fires with a lid.

Let’s Talk Cooking! This week we are highlighting the leading cause of home fires: UNATTENDED COOKING.

Most home fires start in the kitchen when a person starts cooking and forgets about the food on the stove.  It is easy to get distracted by a person, another task, a phone call or an electronic device.

Please consider the following cooking safety tips before you cook your next meal:

  • Stay Put – stay in the kitchen when cooking
  • Use a Timer – always use a timer when cooking to remind you that the stove is on
  • Clean Up – keep the stove area clean and free of flammable objects
  • Use Lids and Covers – keep a lid or cookie sheet near the stove in case of fire
Severely damaged kitchen after a stove fire

If there is a fire:

  • Never pour water on a grease or oil fire
  • The best way to put out a small pan fire:
    • Slide a lid or cookie sheet over the pot or pan
    • Turn the burner off
    • Do not move a burning pan
    • Remove the lid only after the fire is out and the pan is cooled off
  • If the fire is large and/or has spread to other items, get out quickly and if possible, close the door behind to prevent fire from spreading to other rooms
  • Call 9-1-1 after you’ve left the house or building

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