How to Prevent and Put out Cooking Fires

Tips for Safer Cooking: How to Prevent and Put out Cooking Fires
 
 
Prevention:
  • 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.

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