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8 Tips for Holiday Fire Safety

With the holidays around the corner, kitchens will soon be filled with the delicious aromas of cookies, cakes, breads and food galore. Without a doubt one of the best parts of the holiday season is the endless sweets, but baking doesn’t come without risks. Cooking has long been one of the leading causes for home structure fires as well as fire related injuries. Avoid costly damages and a trip to the emergency room this year with these safety steps.

  • Never leave a range or cooktop unattended while in use. If you must leave the room, turn off the range until you can return.
  • When removing lids on hot pans, tilt them away from you to protect your face and hands from steam.
  • If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing.
  • Keep your cooking area free of clutter. Dishtowels, food wrappers, oven mitts and other items left near the stove may catch fire.
  • Never wear loose fitting clothing when cooking. Long, open sleeves could ignite and catch fire from a gas flame or a hot burner. Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. If you have long hair, be sure to tie it back.
  • Never put hot oil into a garbage can. The heat can ignite other materials. Instead, let the oil cool and place it in a metal can to dispose of.
  • Always keep a potholder, oven mitt and lid handy while cooking. If a small fire starts in a pan on the stove, put on the flame-resistant oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Don’t remove the lid until the food has cooled.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher readily available in case of an emergency. Be sure your extinguisher is in good working order and that your family knows how to properly use it.

Above all, just apply your own common sense around safety in the kitchen. If in doubt about something, always err on the side of caution.

Sources: United States Fire Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, UL


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