Mark your calendar! #Fire Prevention Week is October 4-10, 2020. This year’s theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen! ™”, focuses on the importance of cooking safely: Cooking is the leading cause of U.S. home fires and home fire injuries.

Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it’s cool.

If a lid is not available, use a fire extinguisher. Know how to use it. Remember the PASS word.
P = Pull the pin
A = Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
S = Squeeze the handles
S = Sweep the nozzle back and forth until the fire is out.

When in doubt, just get out! If you have any doubts about stopping a small kitchen, just get out. Close the doors behind you as you and others in the home leave to help contain the fire.

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.

Unattended equipment is a factor in one-third (31%) of those fires and half (48%) of the associated deaths.

Cooking equipment causes 49% of all U.S. home fires, 21% of the home fire deaths, and 45% of the injuries, on average each year.

Keep little ones safe when you’re cooking. Create a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 metre) around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are being prepared or carried.

Turn pot and pan handles away from stove’s edge so that they can’t be easily knocked over.

Make sure smoke alarms are installed in your home at least 10’ away from the cooking area. This will help avoid nuisance alarms triggered by cooking.

Life is hectic, turning many of us into great multitaskers. But don’t let your great multitasking skills distract you in the kitchen! Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires: Stay focused and keep a close eye on what you’re cooking!

Keep lookin’ at what you’re cookin’! Carefully monitor food that’s simmering, baking, or roasting. Set a timer to promptly remove it from the oven or stove.

Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you need to leave the kitchen, turn off the stove.

If you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, don’t cook. Place a delivery order!

Keep your cooking area clutter-free! Move anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from the cooking area, including oven mitts, towels, wooden utensils and food packaging.

Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can hang down onto stove burners and catch fire.

If clothes catch fire:

STOP — Don’t run. Running only makes the flames bigger.
DROP — Drop down to the ground and cover your face.
ROLL — Roll over and over, back and forth until the flames go out.

Cool a burn with cool water, not ice. Wrap the burn in dry dressing and seek medical attention.

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