How to Prevent and Put out Cooking Fires
Tips for Safer Cooking: How to Prevent and Put out Cooking Fires
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking on your range. Many cooking fires are the result of absentee cooks.
- Turn pan handles away from the cook top edge. A bumped handle can cause spills that can result in painful burns.
- Supervise children when they work in the kitchen. Stress safety when teaching children how to cook.
- Wear short or close fitting sleeves when cooking. Keep your apron securely tied.
- Keep you cook top surfaces clean. Grease build ups can catch fire.
- Keep flammable fabrics away from elements or burners.
- Provide cool, well ventilated storage for cleaning fluids and solvents.
- Have a smoke detector in your home and check it monthly for working batteries.
How to Put Out Fires:
- Call the fire department immediately.
- Cut off air to a grease fire by covering it with a pan lid. Do not remove the lid until the pan cools.
- To put out a fire in the oven close the oven door and turn off the heat at once.
- Have a fire extinguisher of the correct type and make sure you know how to use it.
- Put out other cooking fires by smothering them with baking soda. Don’t use water of flour to put out a cooking fire.