Practice These Safe Cooking Tips This Holiday Season

Christmas is about bringing loved ones together and sharing a delicious dinner of a variety of food. However, cooking is the primary cause of home fires. Because of this, it is important that you are aware of how you can avoid a fire, as well as what to do should a fire flare up.

How to Avoid Kitchen Cooking Fires

  1. Make sure your kitchen smoke alarm is properly working.
  2. While cooking, never leave the stove unattended. It should always been turned off if you leave the room, even for a minute, as that’s all it takes for a fire to start.
  3. Keep your cooking area clear of any items that could catch fire as well as combustible materials.
  4. Ensure your stovetop is clean and is free of any built-up grease, which can catch fire easily.
  5. Never wear loose clothing and/or sleeves while cooking.
  6. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher close by in the event of a fire.

What to Do When You Have a Cooking Fire

  1. If you are not sure whether or not you can control and contain the fire, leave your home immediately and call 911.
  2. Do NOT throw water onto a grease fire.
  3. Have a decent size lid nearby the stove in the event of a small grease fire. In most cases, you can put the fire out by smothering the flames.
  4. If you have an oven fire, shut the door and turn the oven off. It should stay closed until the fire is completely out.
  5. The same is true for a microwave fire. Turn it off, shut the door and unplug it if you can.

For more safe cooking tips or to receive an estimate for homeowners insurance in Palm Springs, CA, contact us at 1st Community Insurance.

Posted on: December 18th, 2013 at 9:00am by tanya. Filed under: Article Archives
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