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Kitchen Fire Safety

Cooking accidents are the leading cause of fire related injuries for older Americans. The kitchen is one of the most active and potentially dangerous rooms in the home. Most kitchen fires occur because food is left unattended on the stove or in the oven.

  • If you must leave the kitchen while cooking, turn off the burners and take a spoon or potholder with you to remind you to return to the kitchen.
  • Never cook with loose, dangling sleeves. Robes and other loose-fitting garments can ignite easily.
  • Grease is extremely flammable; keep all cooking surfaces clean.
  • Heat cooking oils gradually and use extra caution when deep-frying.
  • If a fire breaks out in a pan, put a lid on the pan. Never throw water on a grease fire.
  • Turn pot handles toward the side of the range, and always use a potholder when reaching for handles.
  • Never use a range or stove to heat your home.

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