Sunday, October 30, 2011

Kitchen Fires

It’s that time of year. With cooler temperatures and holidays, baking and cooking are at their peak. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 41% of home fires start in the kitchen. Here are a few tips to avoid becoming a statistic this holiday season.


            -Keep items that could catch fire away from the cooktop. Pot holders, paper or plastic
              bags, towels and food packaging.


            - Wear short, tight fitting or rolled sleeves. Loose, dangling sleeves can dangle into
               stove burners and catch fire.


            -Pay attention! The leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking.


            -Stay in the house! When simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, check it regularly
             and use a timer to remind you that you have something cooking.


            -Keep a fire extinguisher nearby-and make sure everyone in your family knows where
             it is and how to operate it.


            -Change the batteries in your smoke detector.


            -Never throw hot grease in the trash can. Let it cool and then dispose of it in an old
             coffee can.

Stay safe and enjoy your company and the delicious baked good coming out of your kitchen!

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