The holiday season is just around the corner, meaning there will be lots of cooking and eating.  With this comes the increased chance of a fire, leading to pricey insurance claims.  Here are some fire safety tips while cooking that will keep your holiday (and your food) from burning up!

Cooking safety tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.  Never leave the kitchen, even if for a short period of time without turning off the stove.
  • Always use a timer of some sort to remind you that you are cooking.  A significant number of cooking fires occur when a person literally forgets that they are cooking something.
  • Stay alert.  Try never to cook if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medication that makes you drowsy.
  • Clear your stove top, or the area around your oven, of any oven mitts, papers, or any type of flammable material.
  • Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.  Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners.
  • Plug microwaves or other cooking ovens directly into an outlet.  Never use an extension cord as it can overheat.

If you have a cooking fire:

  • When in doubt, get out!  When you leave, close the door behind you to contain the fire.
  • If you do try to fight the fire, make sure others are getting out.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby when cooking to snuff out fires.
  • If you have a fire in your oven or microwave, keep the door shut so the flames do not spread.

Information provided by the US Fire Administration, a member of FEMA. 

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