This week is National Fire Prevention Week and according to the United States Fire Administration, cooking is the main cause of fire and fire related injuries in the home. With a just a few simple tips, awareness and reminders, you can protect your family, your home, your community and help lower this tragic statistic.
1. Keep an eye on what you fry: Be extra vigilant when frying food. Most cooking fires start from frying food and according to the 2013 Massachusetts Burn Injury Report, "Almost 1/2 of All Burn Victims Never Come Near a Flame - Scalds from cooking liquids and grease, hot liquids, tap water, food and steam caused 47% of the 432 burn injuries reported..."
2. Be an alert cook: Stay awake; Don't leave your kitchen; Keep small children and animals away from stove;
3. Know what to do if a pan goes on fire; NEVER move it; Turn off flame and cover it until cool; NEVER add water.
4. If it's something in the oven - Turn off the oven and DO NOT open the door.
Thank you to the Boston Fire Department for spreading the word.
For more information about fire prevention in the home, you can visit:
https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/fief/fief_outreach_guide.pdf and https://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers