Use Caution in the Kitchen to Avoid Fires this Holiday Season
Ada, MN — This Thanksgiving, take extra caution in the kitchen so you don’t have to worry about thanking your local fire department for saving your home after a stove fire got out of hand. Accounting for nearly half of all fires, Cooking is the leading cause of reported home fires and second leading cause of home fire deaths. Ada Fire Chief Steve Petry is reminding everyone to pay attention in the kitchen to avoid any catastrophic accidents.
Some additional tips from the National Fire Prevention Association:
- Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
If a fire does occur while, Petry offers some tips to help control it or put it out.
Most importantly though, don’t panic. Chief Petry says there are some things you should never do, like putting water on a grease fire, which could only make matters worse.
And if you are deep frying a turkey this Thanksgiving, make sure the bird is completely defrosted before setting in the deep fryer. Failing to do so could result in an explosion and serious injury.