SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb (KNEP) Cooking is an essential part of our lives, bringing family together, providing for creativity and can be relaxing. However, cooking fires are one of the top causes of home fires and injuries. Here are some tips
that Scottsbluff Fire Chief, Tom Schingle provides to stay safe and prevent fires:
-Always remain at home. If you need to leave, turn off all cooking appliances. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking and most begin on the stove.
Scottsbluff Fire Chief, Tom Schingle joins us in studio and provides tips on how to keep you and your family safe while cooking. (source:KNEP)
-Do not use the stove or stove-top if you are drowsy or sleepy.
-Stay in the kitchen when frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food.
-When simmering, baking or roasting, regularly check your food and use a timer to remind you
-Keep anything that can catch fire away from heat sources; oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, curtains, etc.
-Keep children at least 3 feet from around the stove and areas where hot food and drinks are prepared.
-If you have a small fire on the stove-top, turn off the burner, cover with a lid or use baking soda to extinguish. Keep the pan covered until completely cool.
-NEVER use water on a grease fire
-If you have a fire in the oven, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
-If in doubt, just get out! Close the door behind you and call 9-1-1.
-Even if the fire is out, call to report to the fire department.