The holidays are a time for friends, family, celebration and good food. However, fires and other kitchen mishaps can make an appearance if we aren’t careful. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries.
With the following tips to avoid cooking fires, the season’s rounds of holiday parties can go on without a hitch.
Basic Cooking Safety Tips
As you are cooking for the holidays, keeping in mind the following tips can help you prevent fires:
- Stay Alert! A simple mistake such as leaving a flammable item on the stove can result in a fire. Avoid cooking if you have been drinking or are tired.
- Be present in the kitchen at all times when you are grilling, frying or broiling food. If you need to leave the kitchen, turn off the appliance or stove before doing so. Use a timer to remind yourself when something is done cooking. You can save your food from burning and prevent a fire.
- Make sure smoke alarms are installed and working.
Preventing Oven Fires
- Avoid loading your stove up with pots and pans or trying to cook too many meals at once as it can increase the risk of grease fires.
- Never wear loose clothing or long sleeves when cooking as they can catch fire.
- Keep long hair tied back.
- Keep a lid nearby the stove to smother grease fires.
- If an oven fire breaks out, cut off the oxygen by closing the oven.
- Keep an eye on your cooking oil. If it is smoking, it is getting too hot and you’ll need to remove the pan from the burner.
- Keep the stove clear of anything that can catch fire (such as curtain, oven mitts, and paper towels).
Practice the Following Safety Guidelines When Using Turkey Fryers
Turkey fryers can be especially dangerous when it comes to the risk of fires. If using a fryer, make sure you:
- Cook in an open area away from walls and fences.
- Avoid overfilling the fryer.
- Don’t use fryers inside structures like garages.
- Regularly check oil temperature.
- Watch the fryer as you are using it. Don’t walk away while food is frying.
- Cover bare skin and use proper gear (such as goggles and gloves).
- Turn gas supply off if oil begins to smoke.
In the event a cooking fire does happen, don’t panic! Just follow the following tips:
- Make sure guests get out of the home and you have a path out of the home in case the fire gets out of control.
- Keep an electrical or grease rated fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it.
- Don’t try to put out a grease fire with water as it can cause flaming oil to spread. It is possible to use baking soda to put out smaller fires.
- Always call 911.
By following these safety tips, you can enjoy your holiday meal while staying safe!
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