Fire Safety Tips for Thanksgiving
By practicing safe cooking in the kitchen, you can help reduce the risk of fire or injury. If a fire does occur, it's important to be prepared. Cooking is the main cause of home fires and injuries no matter the season. From frying a turkey to making pies, be sure to follow these tips to prevent cooking fires.
- Never leave your stove unattended while cooking. Stay in the kitchen while you're frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.If you must leave the room—even for just a moment—turn off the stove.
- Keep your cooking area free of combustible materials. Keep anything that can catch fire, such as food packaging, oven mitts and towels, away from your stovetop.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. This way, they can’t be bumped, pulled down or grabbed by childern passing by.
- Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves. Loose clothing can catch fire if it encounters a gas flame or electric burner.
- Avoid cooking if you have consumed alcohol. During the holiday season we gather with family and friends more than likely we may have a drink or two and so we can forget we have food on the stove or in the oven which can lead to a fire.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Make sure you have the correct type of extinguisher and know how to properly use it.
IN CASE OF A FIRE
- Your safety comes first. If you cannot safely extinguish a fire, get outside quickly, close the door behind you to contain the fire, and call 9-1-1.
- Smother grease fires. To smother a small grease fire, slide a lid over the pan, turn off the stovetop, and leave the pan covered until it's completely cooled.
- Keep oven and microwave fires contained. Turn off the heat and keep the door closed until the flames are completely out.