Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
What You Should Know About Home Cooking Safety
-Be on the alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don't use the stove or stove top.
-Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
-If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen 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 stove top.
If You Have A Cooking Fire
-Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
-Call 911 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 stove top. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
-For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
For more fire safety tips, please visit www.nfpa.org.