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SAFETY TIPS FOR USING YOUR STOVE/COOKTOP

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Almost every residence has a stove or cooktop which is used on a daily basis to prepare meals. These are important appliances in anyone’s household, but life can be dangerous if you are not practicing safety and caution while using them. Cooking-related fires are the primary cause of residential fires in the U.S., but most kitchen fires are preventable, if you follow these safety tips:

  • Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Do a safety check before each use.
    • Make sure that there are no food particles or grease residue on the stove top.
    • If you have a gas stove or cooktop and you smell gas, open a window, leave the building and call the gas company.
  • Be sure to follow safety guidelines when using stove top burners.
    • Never use a pot that is too small or big for the burner.
    • Never leave a burner on that does not have a filled pot or pan on it.
    • Do not leave an empty pan on a hot burners.
  • Keep all flammable items (e.g. oven mitts, towels and paper) away from the burners.
  • Check for body safety:
    • Tie back long hair.
    • Roll up long sleeves.
    • Remove loose jewelry.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, baking soda and metal lids nearby to put out fires quickly.

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