Stay Safe! Being smart in the kitchen
Experience tells us that a high percentage of fires occur in the kitchen. Cooking is the main cause of home fires and fire injuries. You can prevent cooking fires. We strongly suggest you take these steps to keep yourself and your family safe while preparing meals.
- Cook when you are alert. Do not cook if you are drowsy or if you feel the effects of medication.
- Do not wear loose-fitting clothes when you cook.
- Roll your sleeves over your elbows when you cook.
- Move things that can burn away from the stove. This includes dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper, and curtains.
- Never leave a stove unattended while cooking. Turn off the stove if you must move away, even for a moment. Keep an eye on what you fry!
- Keep children and pets away. We suggest you create a three-foot safe-zone around the stove.
- Always use a pan with a lid that fits properly.
- Keep a lid nearby to smother any flames that occur unexpectedly.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so no one can bump them or pull them over.
- Be extremely careful when you have to move hot water from the stove to the sink. If practical use a ladle or a scoop to remove food from a boiling pot.
- Keep the area around your stove clean.
- Do not allow grease to build up around the stove. Built-up grease can catch on fire.