Avoid kitchen fires this Thanksgiving
(Nov 23, 2011)
Cooking equipment is the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Westminster Fire Department suggests the following to prevent kitchen fires and burns and avoid making your Thanksgiving holiday an emergency situation:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food.
- Use turkey fryers outdoors away from buildings and items that can catch fire.
- Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a wooden deck.
- Keep children at least 3 feet away from all cooking areas.
- If you have a fire, should you try and put it out? When in doubt, just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 911 or the local emergency number after you leave.
- If you do try to fight the fire, be sure others are already getting out and you have a clear path to the exit.
- If you have a small grease fire on the stove, carefully slide a lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Do not move the pan until the fire is completely out.
- If you have an oven fire, turn off the heat and leave the door closed to prevent the flames from spreading.
Go to the US Fire Administration website
for more cooking safety tips.