Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cooking Safety

In light of recent events, please remember the following cooking safety tips.  

Watch What You Heat

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

·         Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

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

·         Stay alert! To prevent cooking fires, you have to be alert. You won't be if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.

Keep Things That Can Catch Fire and Heat Sources Apart

·         Keep anything that can catch fire - potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels, or curtains - away from your stovetop.

·         Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean.

·         Keep pets off cooking surfaces and nearby countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.

·         Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire if it comes into contact with a gas flame or electric burner.

How and When to Fight Cooking Fires

  • Make sure the fire alarm system is activated by using the manual fire alarm pull station near the nearest exit.
  • When in doubt, just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 911 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.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (make sure you are wearing the oven mitt). Turn off the burner. Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, leave the lid on until the pan is completely cool.  Baking soda can also be used to extinguish the fire as well as the multi-purpose type fire extinguishers that are provided in all buildings.
  • In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing.
  • If you have a fire in your microwave oven, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed. Never open the door until the fire is completely out. Unplug the appliance if you can safely reach the outlet.
  • After a fire, both ovens and microwaves should be checked and/or serviced before being used again.
Thank you to FPS Kathy Way, from New York State OFPC for the tips.  Please remember that Fairview Firefighters are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days a week.