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Cooking Fires Explained

Cooking fires one of the main causes of home fires and home injuries. One of the main causes of cooking fires is
leaving the kitchen unattended.

According to the American Red Cross, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas Eve.

When you are cooking in the kitchen, here are a few safety tips to remember:

Stay Alert! – Don’t use the stovetop if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol.

Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food – Frying is one of the major causes of cooking fire. If you see wisps of smoke or the oil smells, immediately turn off the burner and/or carefully remove the pan from the burner. Smoke is an indication that the oil is too hot. If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop – This includes oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging or towels.

Always cook with a lid beside your pan – In the event of a fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Do not remove the cover because the fire could start again. Let the pan cool for a long time. Never throw water on the fire. If the fire does not go out or you don’t feel comfortable sliding a lid over the pan, get everyone out of your home. Call the fire department from outside.

To learn more on how to operate a fire extinguisher, contact Hero Fire Protection. We are a full-service fire protection company in Hawaii dedicated in educating families about the devastating effects of home fires and other home safety issues.

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