THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2012
More residential fires occur on Thanksgiving Day than any other single day of the year - more than double the daily average!
With Thanksgiving three weeks away we want to provide some kitchen and cooking safety tips:
- Always stay in the kitchen when cooking. If you must leave the kitchen for any reason, turn off the stovetop.
- No matter how you are cooking, check the food regularly. Use a timer to remind you to check the food.
- Wear short, and/or close-fitting sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can easily catch fire.
- Never use water to extinquish a cooking fire.
- If oil starts to boil, remove it from the heat source. Simple lowering the heat will not reduce the temperature fast enough.
- Be careful not to overfill pots with oil. You need room in the pan to add food. Overflowing oil can easily catch fire. If oil catches fire, use an oven mitt to carefully slide a lid over the pan to smother the fire.
- If oil has overflowed and is burning, get everyone out of the house and call the fire department from outside.
- Keep towels, bags, plastic, and food packaging away from flame and heat.
- Never cook when under the influence of alchohol, drugs or medication.
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