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Are You a Safe Cook?

Did you know that kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fires and injuries?

Safety in the kitchen is always important and even more so when using a stove or oven to prepare a meal.

Follow these rules for a safer kitchen experience:

  • Don’t leave cooking food unattended. According to the National Fire Protection Association, unattended cooking was a leading factor in cooking fires. Tip: If you get distracted easily, always set a timer (the louder, the better) to draw your attention back to cooking tasks. Never leave your home when food is heating on the stove or in the oven. 
  • Roll up your sleeves and pull back your hair before working at a stove or oven. Loose clothing or dangling hair and sleeves can ignite easily and cause severe damage to your body. In many cases, death has been reported due to clothing catching fire during cooking.
  • Place potholder, towels, curtains, plastic bags, etc. away from the cooking area. These items can easily ignite and cause a fire.
  • Find a safer way to fry. The NFPA reports that frying poses a very high risk for fire in the home.
  • Keep the kids at least three feet away from a hot stove.
  • Check to make sure all your appliances are off before you go to bed at night or leave the house. Don’t leave your home with food cooking.
  • Combat the possibility of fire by having a safe, well-thought out plan in place before you start cooking. Adding water to a grease fire will make things worth and put you and your family in danger.

This video explains what you need to do when a grease fire starts on your stove.