Cooking appliances, most commonly a stove or range, is the leading cause of home fires in the United States. Not surprisingly, they also rank number 1 for fire related injuries in the home. Almost all cooking fires could be prevented if you follow some of these simple safety tips:
Do not leave your home while food is cooking.
If you have to walk away from the stove to answer the door, for example, turn the burners on low or preferably off and throw a towel over your shoulder as a reminder that you are cooking.
Stay alert! You won't be if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
Having a working smoke alarm will help to ensure that in the event that a fire does start, you will have plenty of time to take action.
If a grease fire should happen to start on the stove, turn the burner off and place a lid or cookie sheet over the burning pan.
Whether you are cooking a big holiday dinner or a late night pizza, using safe cooking practices will help keep you and your family safe.