CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - Cooking continues to be the leading cause of home fires and injuries, causing nearly 10,000 fires every year. Palmer Firefighter Laurie Rocco shared some tips on how to keep you and your family safe.
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Fire Prevention Safety Tips:
Stand by your pan to prevent cooking fires
Put a lid on it if you have a stove top fire
Unattended cooking is the #1 fire problem so stay in the kitchen when you are cooking
Boiling, broiling or frying cannot be left alone for a second
Turn off the stove or oven if you have to step away
If you are baking a cake or roasting a turkey, use a timer and take it and a potholder or wooden spoon with you if you step out of the kitchen. But never leave the house with cooking going on.
Check your smoke alarm/carbon monoxide detector's batteries
Have a home escape plan and practice it with your family
How to Put Out a Stove-Top Fire:
The best way to put out a stove top fire is to put a lid on it, so get in the habit of having one nearby when you cook.
Resist the temptation to grab the pan and run to the sink. That will only spread the fire onto you, the countertops and cupboards.
Putting a lid on it removes the oxygen and when you turn off the heat you remove two sides of the fire triangle and the fire should go out.
If that doesn't put the fire out quickly, grab your phone and get outside and call 9-1-1.
Fire doubles in size every 60 seconds, so it gets out of hand faster than most people can imagine.