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Cooking safely this holiday season


November 21, 2011

The kitchen is the heart of the home during the holiday season. Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.

For this reason, safety while cooking is especially important this time of year when there is a lot of activity and people at home.

Lake Stevens Fire offers a few safety tips to keep your holiday season fire-free:

Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

Keep a 3 foot area around the stove that is child and pet free.

Never leave your house while you are cooking.

If a fire starts in a pot or pan, use the lid to extinguish flames; otherwise use a fire extinguisher. Turn the stove off. Do NOT use water as it can spatter the fire.

If food in the oven catches fire, turn off the oven and leave the door closed. Do not open the door until completely cooled.

Don’t wear loose sleeves or loose clothing while cooking.

Keep anything that can catch fire such as pot holders and oven mitts away from your stovetop or oven.

Turkey fryers are extremely dangerous and most safety organizations do not recommend their use. Be very cautious if you choose to use one, and only use them outside.

Make sure your smoke alarms are working so that you are alerted in the early stages of a fire.


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