SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The State Fire Marshal's Office and the Springfield Fire Department have launched a new campaign designed to help prevent kitchen fires.
Cooking is something we do every day, yet it is the leading cause of fires in our community. And many people we spoke with admitted that, they aren't always as attentive as they ought to be while they're whipping something up in the kitchen.
"I do get distracted. I'm all over the place when I'm cooking," Mary Ellen Boulrice of Springfield said. "But I don't usually worry when I'm cooking like that so much, as when I'm on a gas top that I start worrying about it more, and I'm more focused."
Fire officials have two messages for cooks:
1. Stand by your pan- prevent cooking fires by always monitoring what you are making.
2. Put a lid on it- safely put out grease fires on your stove.
Here are some extra tips to prevent fires:
- Never move a burning pan. This could cause the fire to spread, or cause you to burn yourself.
- Never wear loose clothing while cooking.
- If your clothing happens to catch on fire, remember to stop, drop, and roll.
For more information on fire prevention, visit the Department of Fire Services website.