February is Home Fires Month at Your Local Red Cross!

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries.  And a fire is more likely to start in the kitchen than any other room in your home.  But unlike other natural disaster threats, many home fires can be prevented by taking practical steps to prevent home fires starting in the kitchen.

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  • Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, boiling, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Keep kids away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of three feet around the stove.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire-pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains-away from your stove top and oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  • Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  • Smoke alarms save lives. Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.
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