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