Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Spotlight on Cooking Fire Safety

In the past two weeks, TFD has responded to 4 kitchen fires caused by unattended cooking with grease. Cooking fires in general are the leading cause of home structure fires and associated injuries. Follow these simple guidelines to help prevent these fires.
  • Stay in the Kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food.
  • 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're that your cooking.
  • Keep things that can catch fire - potholders, oven mitts, paper of plastic bags, - away from your stove top.
  • Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • If you have a fire, cover the pan with a lid and turn off the heat.