During the holidays, kitchen fires that occur in the United States increase.
They lead to many home fires and injuries.
The Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue (PWCDFR) has a few safety tips for those planning to spend the holidays cooking savory meals.
PWCDFR shared the suggestions in a press release.
“Holidays are meant for fun-filled cherished moments, not memories of visits to the emergency room,” Prince William County Fire & Rescue System Chief Tim Keen said in a release. “Whether cooking during the holiday season or anytime throughout the year, take the necessary precautions to protect you and your loved ones from fires, fire injuries or worse.”
Community members are reminded to remain alert and stay in the kitchen when baking, simmering, roasting, grilling or frying.
Making sure the oven and stove top are clear of flammable items and grease can also prevent fires.
Cooks are encouraged to heat items on the stove’s back burners, turn pot handles to the rear, and prevent children from coming near the stove.
Microwave users should only use microwave safe items. Those planning to use microwave ovens shouldn’t use paper products that have been recycled or leave popcorn unattended while it’s heating up.
If a fire starts on the stove, users should place a lid on top of the pan and turn the stove off.
Community members should turn off the oven and leave the door shut if a fire occurs there.
In case of a microwave fire, cooks should turn the microwave off and let the fire die down.
More safety suggestions can be found on the National Fire Protection Association website and the U.S. Fire Administration website.