Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S.
It is also the leading cause of fire injuries.
Deaths due to fires caused by cooking are particularly avoidable.
Having a working smoke alarm more than doubles one's chances
of surviving a fire.
Following these simple fire safety tips can boost survival
rates dramatically. Please share them with your readers
because knowledge is the best fire protection.
Cooking Fires Life-Saving Tips
Never leave cooking unattended. A serious fire can start
in just seconds.
Always wear short, tight-fitting sleeves when cooking.
Turn pot handles inward to avoid spills. Always use a potholder
when reaching for handles.
Keep towels, pot holders and curtains away from flames and
Clean cooking surfaces regularly to prevent grease buildup
which can ignite.
If a fire breaks out while cooking, put a lid on the pan
to smother it. You may also use baking soda. Never throw
water on a grease fire.
Heat oil gradually to avoid burns from spattering grease.
Use extra caution when preparing deep-fried foods.
Place a rubber mat on the floor in front of your stove to
give you added traction in case liquids or grease spill.
Never use the range or oven to heat your home. In addition
to being a fire hazard, toxic fumes may leak into your home.
Double-check the kitchen before you go to bed or leave the
house. Make sure all other appliances are turned off.
Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Test
the batteries every month, and change them once a year.