Prevent Cooking Fires: Watch What You Heat
That's the message of this year's Fire Prevention Week. From October 8-14,
we'll be spreading the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any
other part of the home - and teaching families and kids how to keep cooking
fires from starting in the first place.
Cool in the kitchen
- Kids and pets should stay at least 3 feet away from the stove when food
is cooking. If you are too close to the stove, you could be burned if something
hot is spilled.
- A grown-up watches the stovetop when he or she is frying, grilling, or
- Grown-ups always pay attention to the things that are cooking.
- Things that can burn, dish towels, curtains, or paper, are at least 3
feet away from the stove.
- Pot holders or oven mitts are easy for grown-ups t each when they are
- If someone gets burned, put cool water on the burn for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Pot handles are turned in toward the back of the stove wehn a grown-up
- Microwave ovens cook food really fast. Food cooked in a microwave can
get very hot. Be careful when you take the cover off food because hot steam
can burn you. Let the food cool before you eat it. You should use a microwave
oven only if a grown-up says it is okay.
- Does your family have a home
fire escape plan? If not, make one today, it's easy! Start by walking
through your home and identifying two ways out of every room. (One way out
might be the door; the other could be a window). Then draw out your escape
plan, so you can post it where everyone in the family can see it.
- Clean up your room! Make sure that doors, stairways and other exits out
of your home are clear of toys, furniture, and other clutter.
- Does someone in your home need help getting around (like a grandparent,
or an infant)? A grown- up should make sure that they have someone to assist
them in case of a fire. Be sure to assign a backup person in case the assistant
- Pick an outside meeting place where everyone can gather after they've
escaped safely (a neighbor's house, a mailbox, or even a tree will do).
Make sure that you mark the spot you've picked on your escape plan.
- Memorize the emergency phone number of the fire department (9-1-1). Remind
everyone that they should get out first, then call for help from outside,
or at a neighbor's home.
- Be ready for the real thing. Put your escape plan to the test with a fire
drill at least twice a year. That way if a real fire ever happens, everyone
in the family will know what to do.
- Always choose the escape route that is safest: Practive crawling low under
smoke in case you must go through it to get out. Smoke is nasty stuff -
even worse than fire itself. To keep from breathing it in, crawl low under
the smoke on your hands and knees. Your head will be in a "saftey zone"
of clean air about knee high.
- Close the dorr behind you. Closing the doors as you leave can slow the
spread of fire and smoke.
Information on this page provided by NFPA