PRACTICE SAFE COOKING
- While cooking, never leave your burner unattended. While you’re frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food, stay in the kitchen. Turn off the stove if you must leave the room, even for a few moments.
- Keep flammable objects out of your cooking area. Anything that can catch fire, such as food packaging, oven mitts, and towels, should be kept away from the stovetop.
- Make it a no-kids zone. Allow at least three feet of space around your stove and other areas where hot food is prepared.
- Turn the pot handles backward toward the back of the stove. They can’t be bumped into and toddlers can’t grab them this way.
- Maintain a fire extinguisher nearby. Make sure you have the right type of extinguisher and understand how to use it.
- Cooking equipment should be kept clean. Crumbs in the toaster, accumulated grease on the burner, and excess dust behind your appliances are all potential fire threats.
- Sleeves should be short, close-fitting, or firmly rolled. If loose clothes come into contact with a gas flame or an electric burner, they can catch fire.
- Never dispose of heated grease in the garbage. Allow the grease to cool before throwing it away.
- Pouring grease or oil down the drain is never a good idea.
- If you are asleep or have drunk alcohol, avoid operating kitchen appliances.
IN CASE OF A FIRE
By practicing safe cooking, you can help reduce the risk of fire or harm in the kitchen. It is critical to be prepared in the event of a fire.
- Your safety is priority number one. If you cannot safely extinguish a fire, get out as soon as possible, seal the door behind you to restrict the fire, and phone the fire department.
- Suffocate grease flames. To put out a tiny grease fire, cover the pan with a lid, turn off the heat, and leave it covered until it cools completely.
- Keep the oven and microwave flames under control. Turn off the heat and keep the door shut until the flames have gone out completely.