By Wendy Holdren
For The Register-Herald
With the holidays right around the corner, the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office is offering some cooking safety tips.
According to the state fire marshal, Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home cooking fires involving cooking equipment, but those fires can be avoided with proper precaution.
Safety tips include:
- Make sure children are kept at least 3 feet away from stoves and other equipment that can become hot. The should also be kept away from hot foods and liquids, as children can be easily and seriously burned if they’re not supervised.
- When baking, simmering, roasting or boiling food, make sure to check on it regularly. Always stay at home while cooking and use a timer for a reminder.
Cooking with deep fryers:
- The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.
- If you choose to use a deep fryer, it should be used very carefully according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Keep in mind you’re heating oil to high temperatures over an open flame, and splashed oil can cause extremely serious burns.
Have a fire escape plan:
- Every family member should know at least two ways out of each room.- Know how to get out of the house whenever the smoke alarm sounds.
- Decide ahead of time on where to meet once everyone is out.
- Never call 911 from a burning house unless you are trapped inside.
Ensure your smoke alarm works:
- Having working smoke alarms in your home can give you advance warning if there’s a fire.
- If your alarm sounds, take it seriously. You only have a few minutes to escape a house fire.
- If you haven’t changed the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms yet this year, now is a good time.
“Taking just a little time for fire prevention during the holidays can go a long way toward saving your family’s lives,” the state fire marshal said.
For more information, visit www.nfpa.org, www.homesafetycouncil.org or www.usfa.dhs.gov.
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