Each year in America there are over 91
thousand home fires associated with cooking equipment, resulting in over
300 deaths and over 4 thousand injuries.
Cooking fires are the number one cause of
home fires and home fire injuries.
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of
home cooking fires.
3 in every 10 reported home fires start in
the kitchen - that's more than any other place in the home.
- Never leave food cooking on the stove
top unattended, and keep a close eye on food cooking inside the oven.
- Keep cooking areas clean and clear of
combustibles such as potholders, towels, rags, drapes, and food
- Keep children and pets away from cooking
areas by creating a three-foot "kid-free zone" around the
- Turn pot handles inward so they can't be
bumped and children can't grab them.
- Wear short, close fitting or tightly
rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto
stove burners and catch fire.
- Never use a wet oven mitt, as it
presents a scald danger if the moisture in the mitt is heated.
- Food cooked in a microwave can be
dangerously hot. Remove the lids or other coverings from
microwaved food carefully to prevent steam burns.
- It is also important to keep a fully
charged, certified fire extinguisher readily accessible.
- And…REMEMBER….smoke alarms save
You have a grease fire:
Always keep a potholder, oven mitt and lid
handy. If a small grease fire starts 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 and never discharge a fire
extinguisher onto a pan fire, as it can spray or shoot burning grease
around the kitchen, actually spreading the fire.
You have an oven fire:
Turn off the heat and keep the door closed
to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing. Call your
local Fire Department for assistance.
You have a microwave fire:
Keep the door closed and unplug the
microwave. Call the Fire Department and make sure to have the oven
serviced before you use it again.
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