FIRE SAFETY - Cooking most common cause of household fire
Fires resulting from cooking continue to be the most common type of fire experienced in the U.S. Cooking fires also are the leading cause of fire injuries in homes.
These fires are preventable by simply being more attentive to the use of cooking materials and equipment. The kitchen can be one of the most hazardous rooms in the home if you don't practice safe cooking behaviors.
Don't become a cooking fire casualty. Fort Riley Fire and Emergency Services would like to offer the following fire safety tips:
• Never leave your cooking unattended. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
• Keep anything that can catch fire, including oven mitts, towels, etc., away from your stove.
• Keep your stove and burners clean.
• Wear short or closefitting clothes. Loose clothing can dangle onto the burner and catch fire.
• Keep children and pets away while you are cooking.
• Keep your pot handles turned inward.
If you have a kitchen fire, call 911. Ensure the fire department is on the way as soon as possible. Always keep 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 and turning off the burner. Never try to remove the pan from your house while it is on fire. Never use water, salt or flour on a grease fire.
If you are unable to extinguish the fire, get out of your house and stay out.