Cooking is often at the very center of family life, but leave cooking unattended in the kitchen and you could have a serious fire on your hands. Cooking equipment is involved in more than 100,000 home fires every year, and most of those fires start because people aren’t paying attention. And while a few minutes may not seem like much time to be away from what’s cooking, that’s all it takes to start a fire.
Cooking Safety Checklist:
- Does a grown-up always pay attention to things that are cooking?
- Does a grown-up watch the stovetop when he or she is frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food?
- If a grown-up must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, do they turn off the stove?
- Is the top of the stove clean? No spilled food, grease, paper or bags?
- Are pot handles turned in towards the back of the stove when a grown-up is cooking?
- Do children and pets stay out of the “kid-free” zone (3 feet from the stove) when a grown-up is cooking?
- Are containers opened slowly after they are removed from the microwave? Hot steam escaping from the container can cause painful burns.
- Is the fire department’s emergency number near the phone?
- Does your family have a home fire escape plan? Do you practice it 2 times a year?