Cooking Safety

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At this age children are starting to learn how to cook for themselves.

Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? 

The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.

Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.

If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

Remember that steam can burn just as bad as fire and microwaved foods are very hot.

If you are cooking Cup of Noodles, pour the finished noodles into a bowl instead of eating the noodles out of the cup.

If you have a cooking fire just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.

Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.

If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.

Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.