Cooking fire safety behaviors are important and the number of cooking fires increases significantly during the holidays. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Travelers Insurance offers these safe cooking behaviors to help keep you and your family safe.
Never leave your cooking equipment unattended while cooking, turn it off.
Don’t wear loose clothing, roll up your sleeves.
Keep your cooking area clean and remove any items that may explode or catch fire, like a paper or kitchen towel, oven mitt, non-dairy creamer, or flour.
Remove any grease buildup from your cooking area.
Don’t throw hot grease into the garbage. Let it cool and harden then dispose of it.
Don’t store food items in your oven. People forget that there is food in there and it could catch fire when preheating.
What do you do if you do have a cooking fire?
Your safety comes first. Leave the scene if you aren’t sure if the fire is safe enough to combat, call 911 for help. The fire department will control the fire.
If the fire is small and you are going to attempt to extinguish it, call 911 for help first. The fire can get out of control quickly and having help on the way is safer.
Never throw water on a grease fire, smother it. Watch how the water will turn to burning steam and the oil will splash and spread the fire. If you can, use a mitt to carefully slide a lid onto the pan and safely turn off the heat source. Don’t attempt to remove the pan until the fire is out and the pan has had time to cool.
Keep the door closed for an oven or microwave fire and turn off the heat and electrical source. Don’t open the door until the flames are gone.