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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cooking Safety

Cooking brings family and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity and can be relaxing. But did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? By following a few safety tips you can prevent these fires.
 >>Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
>>Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
>> If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home 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 stovetop. 
If You Have A Cooking 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 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 stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
 >>For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

Cooking and Kids
Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
Find great information about fire safety www.NFPA.com/education 

Print this pdf about Cooking safety Here 

Please have a safe and happy holiday

Thanksgiving Safety Tips from Safe Kids USA

Thanksgiving is the time of year when family and friends gather together to enjoy a tasty meal and to celebrate the good things in our lives. Don't let a dangerous kitchen fire spoil such a happy occasion!
Did you know that cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States? On average, there are almost three times more cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day than on any other day. Moreover, Thanksgiving Day fires in residential structures cause more property damage and claim more lives than residential structure fires on other days.  
Follow some simple safety tips to protect your family and your home.

 Top Kitchen Safety Tips
Preventing cooking fires
  • Never leave hot food or appliances unattended while cooking.
  • Always be alert when you are cooking and not under the influence of medication or alcohol.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire at least 3 feet from the stove, toaster oven, or other heat source.
  • Keep the stove top, burners, and oven clean.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothes that can catch fire if you stand too close to a burner.
  • If you are frying, grilling or broiling food stay in the kitchen.  If you are baking or simmering check food frequently.
Preventing burns and scalds
  • To prevent hot food or liquid spills, use the stove’s back burner and/or turn pot handles away from the stove's edge.
  • All appliance cords should be kept coiled and away from counter edges.
  • Use oven mitts or potholders when moving hot food.
  • Open containers that have been in the microwave slowly and away from the face.
  • Never use a wet oven mitt, as it presents a scald danger if the moisture in the mitt is heated.
Keeping Kids Safe
  • Create a 3 foot Kid Free Zone around the stove.
  • Never hold a child while cooking, drinking, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
  • Young children should be more than 3 feet from any place where there is hot food, drinks, pans, or trays.
  • Hot items should be kept from the edge of counters and tables.
  • Do not use a tablecloth or place mat if very young children are in the home.
  • When children are old enough, teach them to cook safely and always with help from an adult.
More information about burns and scalds can be found Here
Fire Prevention Tips found here
Thank you for the great information from the Safekids.org website!

Please stay safe this holiday season!!


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