Holiday Cooking Safety Concerns
The holidays bring families together to celebrate and enjoy loved ones, good cheer and good food. But the stress and sheer volume of tasks that we all have to handle in the festive season can distract us and cause mental lapses from fatigue.
Delta Disaster Services wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season, and we hope to help prevent any unfortunate events by sharing helpful safety warnings and tips related to cooking, which is the cause of most home fires.
Cooking Safety Facts
- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of reported home fires and injuries. It is also the leading cause of unreported home fires.
- During 2004-2008, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 154,700 home cooking fires each year.
- Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires.
Source: Electrical Safety Foundation International
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Cooking Safety Tips From ESFI
- Take steps to protect your home and family from cooking hazards:
- Never leave cooking equipment unattended. Turn off burners if you have to leave the room.
- Supervise children closely in the kitchen.
- Prevent fires by making sure your stovetop and oven are clean and free of grease and dust. Clean the exhaust hood and duct over the stove regularly.
- Keep the cooking area around the stove/oven clear of combustibles, such as towels, napkins, and pot holders.
- Wear short or close-fitting sleeves. Loose clothing can catch fire.
- To protect from spills and burns, use the back burners and turn the pot handles in, away from reaching hands.
- Locate all appliances away from the sink.
- Plug countertop appliances into Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)-protected outlets.
- Keep appliance cords away from hot surfaces like the range or toaster.
- Unplug the toaster and other countertop appliances when not in use.
- Be sure to turn off all appliances when cooking is completed.