-- How to prevent cooking fires and fight them if they start.
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Pay attention to your cooking safety. Donít overheat grease. Watch for
grease overflows that can start fires. If you have to leave the stove
to answer the phone or doorbell, turn down the heat. If youíll be gone
more than a few minutes, turn it off.
If your children help you cook, make them aware of cooking hazards.
Turn skillet and hot handles toward the center of the stove to prevent
Donít leave towels or napkins on or near the stove. Donít wear frilly
garments--especially those with loose, floppy sleeves -- while cooking.
for cooking safety, keep a Class ABC fire extinguisher in or near the
kitchen. (An ABC rating indicates the fire extinguisher can be used on
fire involving grease, paper towels, electrical appliances, and other
materials commonly found in the kitchen.)
If the grease fire is small, you may be able to stop it with a handful
of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda). But donít use baking powder,
which contains flour or starch and could spread the fire. And never use
water on a grease fire; it also increases the chance of this type of
fire getting out of hand.
Another cooking safety tip: Always have the pot lid handy to smother a small grease fire.
Donít try to move or carry a pan in which there is a grease fire. Even
though moving the pan is a common reaction when a grease fire is
discovered, it often results in burns to the carrier and additional
If a fire is a big one, donít try to fight it -- call the fire department.
Cooking. . . especially when it involves grease . . . is one of the
leading causes of fire in the home. And while kitchen fires seldom kill
people, they injure thousands and cause property damage in the hundreds
of millions of dollars each year. For this reason you need to be
proactive about cooking safety.
This information on cooking safety was provided by: State Farm Fire and Casualty Company.
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