• Cooking Safety

"Get a Taste" for safety when cooking. To keep unintentional injuries out of your kitchen, taking these simple steps to prevent kitchen fires and burns:

  • Stay in the kitchen while cooking; if you must leave the kitchen briefly, turn down the heat on appliances and return to the kitchen quickly.

  • Keep anything that can catch fire, such as dishtowels, paper or plastic bags, curtains, etc., at least three feet away from the range top.

  • Douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before dumping them in the trash.

  • Every kitchen should be protected by Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI's). If you don't have them, hire an electrician to install these devices to protect electrical receptacles in the kitchen.

  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing when cooking (such as long open sleeves) which can be ignited by hot burners. If clothes do catch fire, "Stop, Drop and Roll" by dropping immediately to the ground and rolling over and over or back and forth to put out the flames. Cool the burned area with cool water and seek medical attention for serious burns.

  • Always turn pot handles inward to prevent small children from reaching and pulling down a hot pan.

  • Keep hot items, such as hot beverages and trays that have just come out of the oven away from the edge of counters, so that children are not able to reach them.

  • Hot liquid and food burns often occur when children pull hanging tablecloths or placemats. Use table cloths and decorations with care.

  • Food cooked in a microwave can be dangerously hot. Remove the lids or other coverings from microwaved food carefully to prevent steam burns.

  • For extra care with toddlers and infants, use travel mugs with a tight lid for coffee, tea or other hot beverages.

  • Keep children and pets away from the range when anyone is cooking and keep a close eye on them at all times.

  • For safer water temperatures to prevent scalds from hot tap water, keep your hot water heater set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

  • Store knives and other sharp objects out of the reach of children and make sure children are a safe distance away when you are using knives to avoid injuries.

  • Post emergency numbers in visible areas.

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