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Cooking Fire Safety

Cooking is often a relaxing and fun task that brings family and friends together, but cooking is also the number one cause of home fires and home injuries.


Being mindful while you cook, however, can go a long way to helping prevent these fires. Here is everything you need to know about cooking safely!

Cooking Fire Safety- Facts

  • Unattended cooking is the leading factor in home cooking fires.

  • Ranges accounted for the largest share of home cooking fire incidents.

  • Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.

  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started when food or other cooking materials caught fire.


Cooking and Fire Safety- Tips

  • Keep an eye on what you fry. Most cooking fires start when someone is frying food.

  • Watch what you are cooking. Fires start when the heat is too high. If you see any smoke or the grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.

  • Make sure you are awake and alert. Alcohol and some drugs can make you sleepy.

  • Wear short sleeves or roll them up so they don’t catch on fire.

  • Make sure children and pets stay at least 3 feet away from a hot stove.

  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so no one can bump them or pull them over.

  • Move things that can burn away from the stove. This includes dishtowels, bags, boxes, paper and curtains.

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