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Fire - Safety Tip

Posted on: July 26, 2019

Cooking Fire Safety


***According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), COOKING FIRES ARE THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF HOME FIRES and home injuries.***

U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 166,100 home fires involving cooking equipment with unattended cooking being the leading contributing factor in these fires. That is why the Irving Fire Department asks you to remember these fire safety tips when COOKING, to prevent fires:

  • Be on alert! if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don't use the stove or stove-top.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food.
  • If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly.
  • Remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire--oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains--away from your stove-top.
  • Have a "kid-free zone" of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
  • Turn all pot/skillet handles inwards so that they do not extend beyond the front of the stove-top.

Click here to view a printable brochure with these safety tips.

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