The kitchen is the most dangerous room in your home, however taking some simple safety precautions can make it a much safer place.
- Never cook if you are extremely sleepy or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Studies have shown that in 43% of deaths resulting from cooking fires the victims were asleep.
- Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles such as towels, potholders, food packaging, etc.
- Always turn pot handles inward when cooking. This will help prevent you from bumping or snagging your clothes on the pots and pans, and keep small children from grabbing the handle.
- If grease catches fire – put a lid, plate, or another pan over the fire to smother the flames. NEVER use water or flour on a grease fire or it may spread. Do not attempt to carry the burning pan because if spilled it may severely burn you or spread the fire.
- Clean your stovetop and oven often. Grease build-up under burners and in the oven is a frequent cause of smoke and fire.
- Appliance cords should be plugged in completely and in good repair. Don’t overload electrical outlets!
- All gas fittings should be sealed properly and be installed within building codes using only authorized fittings and sealants.
- Try not to leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the area then ensure your cooking is at a SAFE temperature, never on high or boiling. Always set a timer, and never take a “quick nap” or “just lay down for a minute”.
- Microwaves CAN CAUSE fire or injury. Never microwave metal. Always gently touch the object prior to lifting it, or use a potholder. If it does catch on fire or start to smoke unplug the machine immediately, and close the door. Do not attempt to remove the burning object.
- Don’t cook wearing loose fitting sleeves.
- Don’t use an appliance involved in fire again until serviced by a professional.
- Heat oil slowly. Never over-heat oil. Never leave it unattended.
- With small children mark “Unsafe Zones” with colored tape on the floor. This is an area the child may not enter.
- If you have long hair, keep it tied back.
Always remember – if an emergency should occur dial 9-1-1 as soon as you have safely removed yourself from the situation.