from the Mill Bay Fire Rescue

Cooking is a wonderful skill that brings joy to our lives, but it can also pose fire hazards if not done safely. As we approach Fire Prevention Week, let’s remember the importance of kitchen safety!

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1. Never Leave Unattended: Stay in the kitchen while cooking, especially when using high heat.

2. Keep Flammable Items Away: Keep dish towels, oven mitts, paper towels, and other flammable materials away from the stovetop.

3. Use a Timer: Set a timer to remind yourself when food is done cooking to prevent overcooking or forgetting about it.

4. Install Smoke Alarms: Ensure you have working smoke alarms in your kitchen and throughout your home.

5. Keep Kids and Pets Away: Create a safe zone around the cooking area to prevent accidents.

6. Clean Up Grease: Regularly clean the stovetop, oven, and exhaust fan to prevent grease buildup, which can be a fire hazard.

7. Check Electrical Cords: Ensure cords and appliances are in good condition, and don’t overload electrical outlets.

8. Know How to Use a Fire Extinguisher: Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how to use it.

9. In Case of Grease Fire: Never use water to put out a grease fire; instead, use a lid to smother the flames.

10. Practice Safe Cooking: Follow recipes and use appropriate cookware for the task.

Let’s make this Fire Prevention Week a time to focus on kitchen safety and reduce the risk of cooking-related fires. Share these tips with your friends and family to keep everyone safe in the kitchen! ????????