Here are some cooking fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on how to stay safe in your kitchen:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food.
- If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- When you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly. Stay in the home and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- You must be alert to prevent cooking fires! You will not be alert if you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol or have taken medication that can make you drowsy.
- If you have young children, use the back burners on the stove whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.
- When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves or roll your sleeves up.
- Keep everything clear from the stove! Oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrapping, towels and curtains can easily catch fire if they are nearby the stove.
- Keep your burners and stove top free of food and grease.
- If a small pan fire starts, put on an oven mitt and carefully slide the pan’s lid, or cookie sheet onto the pan to smother the flames. Turn off the burner and do not remove the lid until the pan is completely cool. NEVER pour water on a grease fire!
- When in doubt, just get out! If the fire is large or you do not feel comfortable smothering it, quickly exit the home and call the fire department. Close doors behind you to contain the fire.
Cooking fires can happen to anyone – Don’t be a statistic!