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Kitchen Safety


Be Kitchen Wise

Cooking fires are the leading cause of fires in the home, and the second most frequent cause of death to the elderly.

  • Do Not Leave cooking unattended. Turn off the burner if you must leave the house, even if it's only for a few minutes.
  • Put a Lid on pots or pans to smother fires that flare up while cooking.
  • Never Throw Water or Flour in a burning pot or pan. Water will spread the flames, and flour could actually explode.
  • Turn off the Heat and leave the door closed for oven fires.
  • Have a Fire Extinguisher in your home.
  • Shorten or Remove Curtains near or over your stove. A simple stove fire may turn into a house fire from burning curtains.

Microwave Burn Protection

Microwaves can cause scalding burns if used improperly.

  • Read and follow the product manufacturer's directions.
  • After taking food out of the microwave, remove the wrapper away from your face to avoid escaping steam.
  • Hot liquids poured into disposable bottles may cause them to burst.
  • Food microwaved may feel cool to the touch on the surface, only to be scalding hot in the middle.
  • Be careful when heating liquids. Containers may only fee warm, rather than hot, but the liquid inside may be scalding hot.

Clothing Fires

  • Do not wear clothing with long, loose sleeves while cooking.
  • Use pins or elastic bands to hold up rolled back sleeves while cooking.
  • Long sleeves are more likely to catch fire and may also overturn pots and cause scalding burns.

Do you Overheat Your Water?

  • Did you know that hot water burns more children and adults than any other accident?
  • Length of time to receive a third-degree burn:
      156° = 1 second
      149° = 2 seconds
      140° = 5 seconds
      133° = 15 seconds
      127° = 60 seconds
      124° = 3 minutes
  • Learn to protect yourself and your family
  • Most water heaters are set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees.

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