Fire Prevention Week: Kitchen Cooking Safety

Connecticut

There are many reasons fire trucks charge out of the station. 

One if the most common is damage and injuries caused by cooking fires

“Either someone is under the influence, tired, working two or three jobs, or simply forgot that they had food cooking,” said New Haven Fire Marshal Robert Doyle

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home residential fires and injuries in the United States. 

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Here are some tips from the New Haven Fire Department to guard against it. 

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove 

  • If a pot does flare up, slide the right-sized lid over the top 

  • Keep anything that can catch fire, like oven mitts, food, packaging and towels away from the stovetop 

  • If baking or cooking, set a timer to remind yourself the oven is on 

  • If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire, call the fire department 

For more on staying safe and preventing kitchen fires, click here.

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