Fire prevention is on our minds this month as October is Fire Prevention Month. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), based on 2010-2014 annual averages, unattended cooking is the leading factor in home cooking fires. The USFA offers the following ways you can prevent cooking fires in your home:
- Stand by your pan: If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
- Watch what you are cooking: Fires start when the heat is too high. If you see any smoke or the grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove: In doing so, no one can bump them or pull handles over the stove top.
- Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby: Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire. This action will put out the fire.
- Wear short sleeves or roll your sleeves up.
We hope you stay safe in the kitchen and prevent a devastating cooking fire.