Fire, Fire, Pants on Fire!

Karina’s ‘Hot’ Safety Cooking Tip!

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Keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen, but away from the stove and other heat sources. Fire extinguishers should be maintained in a serviceable condition. If the marker is in the red position, it is not in a good operational condition. If the marker is in the green position, it is in good operational condition. Please note, the correct type of Fire Extinguisher must be purchased dependant on the type of kitchen appliance (or other machine/equipment) you are using.

Keep a Fire Blanket near the kitchen, but away from any heat sources.

Keep a chart of all your Emergency Contacts, such as:  Fire, Medical, Police, the Poisons Information Centre and all other Emergency Contacts.

If your cooking oil catches on fire, there are many things you can do. The below list does not cover everything, so always call the Fire Brigade if there is an uncontrolled fire:

– If the fire gets out of control, don’t try to save the day. Evacuate IMMEDIATELY and call Emergency!

– Turn your stove, oven or other heat source completely off. After your heat source has been turned off, do not touch or move the pot, pan or other cooking instrument/appliance.

– If you cover your pot, pan or cooking instrument/appliance with a metal lid, it will choke the fire and deplete it of oxygen, which is what you want, since fires love oxygen and you hate fires!

There are countless other safety cooking tips I can offer, however, I’ll have to nibble at these bit by bit!

Stay safe in the kitchen!

Enjoy!

Karina x

All Fired Up!

Karina’s ‘Hot’ Safety Tip!

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One can become all ‘fired’ up, when the kitchen is on fire. Worse still, someone can get seriously injured, or even die. This is a serious issue and needs to remain a ‘hot’ topic in kitchen and house safety.

According to www.nfpa.org/education:

– The leading cause of fires in the kitchen, is due to unattended cooking

– Most cooking fires in the home, involve the stovetop

The list of kitchen safety tips are endless, however, the following are some of the most common tips you may discover:

– Do not operate a kitchen cooktop, stove, oven or other heatable kitchen appliance, when you are fatigued or have consumed alcohol

– NEVER leave your kitchen unattended, when you are cooking on any heatable mechanism, machine, equipment, appliance, oven, stove etc.

– Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking, so you can monitor the environment in your kitchen in order to prevent fires from occurring

– If a fire does occur, get yourself out of there immediately and call Emergency ASAP!

– Use a timer and/or alarm to remind yourself that you have food cooking

– Keep anything combustible away from your cooking, stovetop, oven, appliance, etc. Examples of combustible material include, but are not limited to, the following: wooden spoons, plastic cutlery, oven mitts, dishcloths, curtains, food packaging, paper towels, tissues, deodorants, insect repellants, etc.

– Do not allow children anywhere near any heated appliance, stove, cooktop, etc.

N.B. Some of the above information was depicted from www.nfpa.org/education.

The above list is not exhaustive. There are many other things you can do in the kitchen to remain safe in all areas, including, but not limited to, fire kitchen safety.

Avoid getting all ‘fired’ up or becoming another ‘hot’ statistic, by implementing the above safety tips!

Stay safe!

Karina x