As the holiday season begins, many people will sit down to an appetizing dinner with family and friends.
Snohomish County Fire District 7 encourages residents to cook up some “fire safety” to help ensure that tragedy does not become a part of this holiday season.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries.
“Care should always be taken while working in the kitchen, but people should be extra cautious around the holidays,” explained Fire District 7 Public Educator Autumn Waite. “Preparing a holiday meal is often a group project, which means more people in the kitchen leading to a greater chance for a mishap to occur.”
In an effort to ensure people have a happy and safe holiday, Snohomish County Fire District 7 offers the following safety tips:
a.. Start your holiday cooking with a clean stove and oven, removing grease buildup and food spills to lessen the chance of a flare-up.
b.. Use the back burners whenever possible and keep the pot handles turned in so they can’t be easily bumped into or grabbed by a child.
c.. Never leave cooking food unattended.
d.. If a small fire starts in a pan on the stove, put on an oven mitt and carefully slide the lid over the pan to smother the flames, then turn off the burner.
Never pour water on a grease fire.
e.. If there is a fire in the ove@n or microwave, keep the door closed and turn off the heat or unplug the appliance immediately.
f.. If there is a power outage while you are cooking, be sure to turn off all of your cooking appliances until the power is restored.
g.. Keep your family and overnight guests safe with plenty of working smoke alarms.
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
h.. Keep holiday decorations away from heat sources such as stoves, candles or heaters.
A little practice can go a long way when it comes to safety around the holidays.
Please practice safety all year long and have a fire safe holiday season.