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Cooking Fires are a Continuing Problem

Thursday, January 25, 2007

    Cooking Fires are a Continuing Problem, NFPA Study Finds

"Why do these fires happen?  Frequently it's because people leave cooking food unattended."

"Cooking fires are also dangerous because people can easily try putting them out the wrong way... Cooking fires should be smothered - by covering a pan with a lid or by closing the oven door, for example."  [As reported in Vol. 20 ~ Operation Life Safety Newsletter] 

NFPA recommendations for reducing the risk of cooking fires:

  • Make sure combustible items, such as rags, pot holders, curtains and bags, are kept FAR from the cooking surfaces!
  • Don't leave cooking food on the stove top unattended and keep a close eye on food cooking in the oven.
  • DON'T COOK IF YOU ARE DROWSY OR FEELING THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL, MEDICATION OR OTHER DRUGS.
  • Roll up sleeves and don't wear loose-fitting clothing.  If your clothes catch on fire; STOP, DROP, AND ROLL WITH YOUR HANDS COVERING YOUR FACE.
  • Keep children and pets away from cooking areas by creating a three foot "KID-FREE ZONE" around stove area.

For more information and your personal life safety needs please contact:  Benjamin Huston, Life Safety Educator - Wilson Fire/Rescue Services. bhuston@wilsonnc.org (252)-399-2841