Holiday Cooking Tip #2
This week, Company 59 is trying to provide awareness to our readers about cooking the “feast” during the holiday season.
FACTS: Males face a disproportionate risk of cooking fire injury relative to the amount of cooking they do.
Young children and older adults face a higher risk of death from cooking fires than do other age groups.
Young children are at high risk from non-fire cooking-related burns.
Unattended cooking is the single leading factor contributing to cooking fires.
If You Have a Cooking Fire
When in doubt, just get out. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
If you do try to fight the fire, be sure others are already getting out and you have a clear path to the exit.
Always keep an oven mitt and a lid nearby when you are cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (make sure you are wearing the oven mitt). Turn off the burner. Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, leave the lid on until the pan is completely cool.
In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing.
If you have a fire in your microwave oven, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed. Never open the door until the fire is completely out. Unplug the appliance if you can safely reach the outlet.
After a fire, both ovens and microwaves should be checked and/or serviced before being used again.
Source: U.S. Fire Administration