Cooking Safety

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Cooking fires are the number 1 cause of home fires. Unattended cooking in the kitchen is the leading cause. Following a few safety tips will insure your safety when using the kitchen!

    • When simmering, baking, or roasting be sure to use a timer and keep checking on your food.
    • Never leave the stove if you are grilling or frying food.
    • Watch what you are cooking: Fires start when the heat is too high. If you see any smoke or the grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.
    • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Then no one can bump them or pull them over.
    • Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby: Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire. This will put out the fire.
    • Don’t cook when overly tired or under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
    • Never leave dishcloths, oven mitts, towels, food packaging, or curtains near the burners on a stove.
    • Have a “Child Free” zone about 3 feet wide near stoves and other hot cooking areas to keep children safe.
    • If a small grease fire happens on your stove, smother the flames with a pan lid and turn off the burner. Wait for it to cool.
    • If an oven fire happens, turn off the heat and close the oven door.

Below are videos from FEMA on how to cook safely in your home!