Fire Safety Tips for Cooking During the Holidays
The holiday season is here and that means family, fun, and delicious food. One of the greatest things about the holidays is spending time with loved ones, and that typically means sitting around the table to share a meal and laughs. Many families spend hours in the kitchen this time of year. Cooking turkey and ham, baking delicious desserts, and creating yummy casseroles make the holidays feel truly special.
While the kitchen is a place for cooking and congregating during times of celebration, it is important to remember that fire safety can never be ignored. Distracted chefs can be extremely dangerous in a home when a lot of cooking and baking is being done. As such, it is vital that all family members have a basic understanding of fire hazards and how to avoid them.
When you and your family are cooking this year, be sure to keep the following fire safety tips in mind:
- Any foods that are roasted, baked, or simmering must be checked on regularly
- Never leave the stove on in the kitchen if you plan to leave the room
- Pour hot grease in a garbage can
- Know where your fire extinguisher is located, preferably somewhere near the kitchen
- Do not keep wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or oven mitts near the stovetop
- Utilize timers
- Do not leave the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling
- If an oven fire breaks out, keep the door closed and turn off the heat
- Stovetop fires should be smothered with a lid and then turn off the burner immediately
- When in doubt about a kitchen fire, get out of the home right away and call 911
At SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood, we have many years of experience in fire damage repair and restoration. We wish everyone in our community a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!