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Cooking safety tips



With the coming holiday season comes a lot of time spent in the kitchen whether you're making candy apples or a Thanksgiving Day feast, keeping safe in the kitchen starts with you!


The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

• Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home.

• Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the

lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it’s cool.

• Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.

• Loose clothing can hang down onto stove burners and catch fire. Wear short,

close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.

• Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas

where hot food or drink is prepared or carried



If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire...

• On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

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


If you have any doubt about fighting a small 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 from outside the home.

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