Cooking Up Some Safety!

The number one cause of home fires and related injuries is cooking fires. While cooking is one of the most common and essential home activities, it can be a recipe for disaster if the appropriate safety measures are not followed.

The most important safety step is to never leave cooking foods unattended. According to the National Fire Protection Association, six out of seven home cooking fires ignited while the cook was out of the kitchen.

If a cooking fire occurs in your home, it is important to take the appropriate steps in a quick manner. If a fire starts in a pan, immediately smother it with a lid and turn off the burner. Water or a fire extinguisher can cause splattering and spreading of the fire. If there are flames in your oven, keep the door closed and turn off the heat. And, if a fire starts in your microwave, keep the door closed and unplug the appliance.

If your clothing catches fire, drop to the floor and roll around to smother the flames. Most importantly, don't try and be a hero by fighting a fire you can't contain. Call for help and get out of the house. Taking the proper steps can mean the difference between a happy family meal and a devastating tragedy.

Ingredients for Safety:

Don't leave cooking foods unattended
Roll up your sleeves and avoid loose clothing near appliances
Keep pot handles turned inward to avoid spills
Create a three-foot "safe zone" around the stove to keep children and pets out of danger