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Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. It is important that you practise safe cooking whether using a stove or barbeque. Follow the rules outlined below to ensure your safety.

Mount a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, and check the pressure gauge monthly. Clean the exhaust hood and the duct over the stove regularly.

Stand By Your Pan

Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of home fires. Stay in the kitchen when you’re cooking. If you have to leave for even a few seconds, turn off the stove, set a timer or take an item with you (like a tea towel) to remind you to return to cooking right away.

Clear the Clutter

Keep the cooking area clear of paper towel, wooden utensils and tea towels to prevent any possibility of fire spread.

Don’t Reach for Danger

Don’t store anything on the back of your stove so you won’t be tempted to reach across a hot element or burner.

Don’t Cook Wearing Loose Clothing

People have burned to death because they have reached across the stove while wearing loose clothing. If you’re going to cook on the stove, wear a short-sleeve shirt or roll up your sleeves. Don’t wear that robe with baggy sleeves!

Put a Lid on It

If a pot catches fire, it’s important not to panic. Keep the proper-fitting pot lids nearby so that if the pan catches fire, you can carefully slide the lid on it and turn off the stove. Once the lid is placed on top of the pot, turn the heat off. Don’t peek: wait until the pot cools down before removing the lid. People have burned their house down because their first reaction is to rush the pot to the sink or get the pot outside as fast as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any special hazard considerations for seniors?

The greatest fire risk seniors face is their clothing catching on fire. It could be from an ash or ember of a cigarette, occur while cooking or getting too close to a space heater.

If your clothing does catch on fire, remember to stop (immediately stop what you are doing), drop (lower yourself to the ground) and roll (over and over until the fire is out).

Can I use salt or baking soda to put a fire out on my stove top?

Technically yes, however they come in small paper containers and require large amount to remove the oxygen from the fire. The best thing to do is keep a lid near by and put a lid on it!

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