How to Prevent Kitchen Fires

Cooking – A Watched Pot Never Burns
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, with stove fires dominating this problem. Most cooking fires are caused by people’s behavior, not appliance failures. A majority of these fires happen when people leave food cooking unattended on the stovetop. Other common mistakes include leaving burners or ovens on after cooking, leaving combustibles such as potholders too close to heat sources, and wearing loose-fitting sleeves near hot burners.
Older adults are more likely to be injured in cooking fires than adults aged 18 to 64.
Fortunately, you can reduce the risk of cooking fires with these simple precautions.

Stove and Oven Safety
• Keep an eye on all food being heated.
• Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking and avoid reaching over burners or hot surfaces.
• When using an electric stove, use a burner that is the right size for the pan. Using a burner that is too large can cause the pan and its contents to heat too quickly, which can lead to boil-overs, scorching and burning.
• When using a gas stove, keep the flame entirely under the pan. A flame that surrounds the pan can easily ignite a loose-fitting sleeve.
• Keep potholders, wooden utensils and other combustible items away from hot burners or pilot lights.
• Create a kid-free zone of three feet around the stove, and supervise older children when they cook.
• Keep the stovetop, oven and range hood free of grease and spills that can catch fire.
Grease Fires
Take extra care when frying or deep frying food or when cooking with oils, lard, butter or other grease products.
If a grease fire occurs, remember to:
• Put a lid on the pan.
• Or toss baking soda on the flames.
• Leave the house and call 911 if you can’t put out the fire quickly and safely.
Using a fire extinguisher or water to put out a grease fire in a pan could cause the hot oil to splatter, spreading the
fire instead of extinguishing it.

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