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Fire Safety in the Kitchen
(Thanks to the City of Surrey, Canada)

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Never leave cooking unattended. Oil or fat can ignite.

Always turn oven and burners off when you are finished cooking.

Always unplug electrical appliances when not in use.

Keep children a safe distance from cooking areas.

 

 Stay Alert

  • Cooking requires you to be rested and alert.
  • Avoid cooking when under the influence of alcohol or medications
 

Wear Short or Close Fitting Sleeves

  • Avoid loose sleeves that may contact burners and catch fire.
  • Avoid storing items on or above your stove.
 

 Turn Pot Handles In!

  • Prevent burns and stovetop fires by turning pot handles toward the back of the stove while cooking.
  • Whenever possible use rear burners. Pot handles that stick out can easily be grabbed or bumped by a small child.
 

 Clean Cooking Surfaces

  • Keep appliance surfaces free of spills and grease that may catch fire.
 

Keep Combustible Items Clear of Stove

  • Keep curtains, dish towels, plastic containers, and potholders away from hot surfaces.
  • Operate Microwaves Safely
  • Always use potholders or oven mitts to remove foods from microwaves.
  • Remove lids carefully to avoid steam burns.
  • Do not use paper towels in the microwave
 

Don't Overload Electrical Outlets

  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many kitchen appliances.
  • Carefully examine electrical cords and discard any that are frayed, cracked or damaged.
 

Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

  • Purchase and install working smoke alarms. Specialized alarms are available for the kitchen.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly, and for battery operated smoke alarms, replace batteries at least once a year.
   
If You Have A Kitchen Fire...

Put A Lid On It

  • To extinguish a grease fire, use a potholder or oven mitt and slide a lid or cookie sheet over the flames,
    then turn the source of heat off.
  • If the flames do not go out, immediately leave your home and call the Fire Department.
 

Oven / Mircowave Fires

  • If a fire starts in your oven, close the oven door and turn the source of heat off.
  • For a microwave fire, keep the door closed and turn the microwave off.
  • Remember: if the flames do not go out, immediately leave your home and call the Fire Department.


 

 Stop, Drop and Roll

If your clothes catch on fire:

STOP where you are.

 

 

 

 

DROP to the ground, cover your face with your hands.

 

 

 

ROLL over and over to smother the flames

 

 

 

Cool A Burn

  • Immediately cool a burn by placing it under cool water for 10-15 minutes. Cool water reduces skin damage and minimizes the pain.
  • NEVER use butter, lotions, ice, or ointments. This only seals the heat in.
  • Don't break blisters. This could cause infection.
  • Apply a clean, dry dressing to a first-degree burn after cooling. Second and third-degree burns require immediate medical attention.

 

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