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IF YOU CANNOT EXTINGUISH THE FIRE, GET EVERYONE TO A SAFE LOCATION AND IMMEDIATELY CALL 911.

Even if you extinguish the fire, always follow up and call 911 and request that the home be inspected as there could be smoldering materials in unseen areas.

Other easy tips to help prevent a grease fire include:

  • If you do have a grease fire – use oven mitts/potholders and cover pan/pot with lid or flat cookie sheet, turn off stove, NEVER USE WATER as this will create a larger fire.
  • Never move a burning pot or pan as this can spread the fire and/or result in serious burn injuries.
  • Keep stovetop, burners and oven area free of grease and food particles.
  • Keep flammable materials away from hot surfaces (paper towels, newspapers, ingredient boxes/packaging, etc.).
  • Use the back burners if possible to reduce the likelihood of spills and overturns.
  • Don’t wear loose-fitting clothing while cooking that can dangle onto burners and catch fire.
  • Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
  • Always plan and prepare prior to turning on the stove/oven.
  • Never leave the kitchen while cooking.
  • Remember – A Fire Can Start When Your Attention Stops. Never cook if you are sleepy, have been drinking or taking medication that makes you drowsy.
  • ALWAYS HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER READILY AVAILABLE!
  • Don’t fry your foods, baking is healthier and safer

*12.Karter MJ. Fire loss in the United States during 2010,. Quincy (MA): National Fire Protection Association, Fire Analysis and Research Division; 2011

    FRENCH FRIES, FRIED CHICKEN AND OTHER FOODS COOKED IN GREASE ARE FIRE RISKS TO YOUR HOME AND YOUR FAMILY

    Frying food poses the greatest risk of life-threatening fires in your home. In fact, 43 percent of cooking fires in 2010 started with cooking oil. That same year, someone died in a fire every 169 minutes, and was injured every 30 minutes*. Unattended cooking is the primary cause of home fires, with two-thirds (66 percent) of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

    Two food items stand out in these fire statistics: FRENCH FRIES AND FRIED CHICKEN. You can keep your family from becoming part of these statistics and at the same time eat healthier simply by ending the use of grease when you cook these meals. Instead of frying your chicken or spuds, bake them. You will prevent fire, and save each of your family members more than 100 calories!

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    Another common “recipe” for fire is frying French fries. Bake those spuds in the oven and eliminate the risk of grease fire while saving more than 50 calories each time.

    FOR AN EASY BAKED FRENCH FRIES RECIPE, LOG ONTO: www.allrecipes.com

    FOR MORE INFORMATION ON GREASE FIRES, LOG ONTO: www.thekitchn.com
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