City of Chaska News Flash

Posted on: October 8, 2014

COOKING FIRES ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF FIRE

Cooking fires cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries in our nation each
year. Recently, the Chaska Fire Department has responded to three kitchen fires, one of them resulting in an injury. This fact, along with the more than $2.5 million in property
loss, make reducing these statistics a priority to the Chaska Fire Department.
Here are a few “recipes for safety” in your kitchen:

1. Keep things that burn away from the cooking area and appliances in your kitchen. Do
not place towels, pot holders, pizza boxes, or paper bags on the stove or near hot
appliances.

2. Clean any grease build-up from the stove, oven, and exhaust fan regularly. Cooking
grease and oil ignite easily and burn rapidly. Slide a lid over the pan to smother a small
pan fire. DO NOT USE WATER or flour on a GREASE FIRE. Do not try to carry a burning
pan outside or to the sink, as you could accidentally spread the fire. Keep a lid and a
2A10BC fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen.

3. Avoid reaching over the stove for anything while cooking. Store frequently needed
items in other areas of the kitchen. Don't store cookies or other "treats" near the stove.
It might tempt little children to climb on the stove. Keep young children and pets away
from cooking areas entirely.

4. Keep pot handles turned inward and out of the reach of children and pets. Keep
appliance cords up on the counter tops too. Check those cords regularly for frayed or
broken spots. Replace damaged cords or appliances.

5. Dress appropriately for fire safety in the kitchen. Don't wear loosely fitting clothing,
like nightgowns and bathrobes, while cooking.

6. Never leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen for some reason, turn
the heat off and take something with you to remind you that you have something
cooking.

7. Shield yourself from steam when uncovering food, especially microwave servings.
Steam can cause serious burns.

Following these simple tips may sound like common sense, but we need to think about
these things, because obviously the result of being complacent in the kitchen is very
tragic. Keeping your family and home safe from fire is the responsibility of everyone in
the home. The Chaska Fire Department would like you to sit down together with your
family and discuss these important tips. If you have any questions please feel free to
call us at 952-448-2990.

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