KITCHEN ACCIDENT PREVENTION
Accidents in the home are
common, as we all know. Many of these can happen when
you are cooking. A few common sense measures can protect
you and your family whether you are preparing an elaborate
dinner or a quick snack. Follow these DO’s and DON’T’s
to help keep your kitchen safe.
- DO stay
in the kitchen when cooking on your range. Many cooking
fires are the result of absentee cooks.
- DO turn pan handles away from the
cooktop edge. A bumped handle can cause spills that can
result in painful burns.
- DO supervise children when they work
in the kitchen. DO stress safety when
teaching children to cook.
- DO wear short or close-fitting sleeves
when cooking. DO keep your apron securely
- DO keep cooktop surfaces clean. Grease
buildups can catch fire.
- DO keep flammable fabrics away from
elements or burners. DO provide cool,
well-ventilated storage for cleaning fluids and solvents. DON’T keep
gasoline in the house.
- DO have a smoke detector in your home. DO check
it monthly to make sure it is working; replace batteries
How to put out cooking fires.
DO put out other cooking
fires by smothering them with baking soda. DON’T use
water or flour to put out a cooking fire. Wet dishcloths or
towels are also dangerous.
- DO call your Fire Department immediately
by dialing 911.
- DO cut off air to a grease fire by
covering it with a pan lid or cookie sheet. DON’T remove
the lid until the pan cools. DO turn off
- DON’T pick up a flaming pan.
If dropped, flames can spread quickly.
- DO close the oven door and turn off
the heat to put out a fire in the oven.
- DO have a fire extinguisher of the
correct type and make sure you know how to use it.