Cooking fires: Bad news. What to do!

Cooking fires: Bad news. What to do!

From the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires, especially in the small confines of a recreation vehicle.

•Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.

•Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

•If you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

•Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.If you have a cooking fire:

•Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.

•Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.

•If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.

•Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

•For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Download these NFPA safety tips on cooking. (in PDF format)

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