Smoke Alarms: What You Need to Know

KITCHEN and COOKING FIRE SAFETY INFORMATION

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  • Cooking Fire Safety Tips:
    courtesy of the United States Fire Administration

    • Never leave boiling, frying, or broiling food unattended. Stay in the kitchen! If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
    • Regularly check food that is cooking; use a timer to remind yourself that you are cooking.
    • Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains – away from your stovetop.
    • Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean.
    • Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and can catch fire if it comes in contact with a gas flame or electric burner.
    • Have a kid-free zone of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
    • Always use cooking equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories.
    • Follow manufacturer’s instructions and code requirements when installing, cleaning, and operating cooking equipment.
    • Plug microwave ovens or other cooking appliances directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord for cooking appliances as it can overload the circuit and cause a fire.
    • Check electrical cords for cracks, breaks, or damage.

If Your Clothes Catch Fire
courtesy of the USFA

If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll. Stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover face with hands. Roll over and over or back and forth to put out the fire. Immediately cool the burn with cool water for 3 to 5 minutes and then seek emergency medical care.



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