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Cooking Safety

Cooking Safety

Everyone takes cooking for granted – turning on the stovetop, adding oil to the pan, frying the onions and then the doorbell rings. You go to the door and a neighbor has a package for you. You start talking and a few seconds goes into a few minutes. Suddenly you hear your smoke alarms sound. You are experiencing the number one cause of home cooking fires – specifically unattended cooking.

The East Peoria Fire Department wants to share safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association to keep you from having a cooking fire.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
  • You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy.
  • If you have a cooking fire and are in doubt, just get out and call the fire department.
  • Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.



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