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Danger in the Kitchen - Holiday Cooking Fires

Steve Wagner

This holiday season, there will be nearly 130,000 home fires, resulting in an estimated 415 deaths and 1,650 injuries, according to the UPMC.

While most, if not all of these fires are avoidable, the precautions and safety measures are simply not in place in most homes to prevent them from occurring. And while kitchen fires are often small and easily extinguishable, many flare up and cause smoke inhalation and burn injuries as well as property damage.

This year, take a few extra steps to protect against kitchen fires and enjoy the holiday season accident free!

  • Keep a “safe zone” around your stove area. General recommendations suggest a keeping a 3-foot area around your stove, keeping this area free of other cooking items, towels, cookbooks, etc.
  • Never leave food unattended while cooking. Always keep an eye on items cooking on a hot stove, and remember to stir food frequently. Frequent stirring will help prevent burned pans, and also prevent over-boiling and splashing of hot liquids.
  • Keep stove eyes clean. Cooking on a stove eye that has old food or dried liquids stuck on it can cause quick kitchen fires.
  • Deep frying foods is never a good idea. If you are determined to deep fry a turkey or some other holiday dish, do it outdoors and at a safe distance away from buildings and trees.

Remember these tips this year to help keep your kitchen accident free, but if you do need our assistance, give us a call at any time to schedule your free personal injury consultation. You can reach us at (888) 204-8440.


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