Ankeny Fire Department Offers Safety Tips to Avoid Kitchen Fires
ANKENY, Iowa (Nov. 21, 2017) – With the holidays approaching, the Ankeny Fire Department would like to remind residents to stay safe in the kitchen this season. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries, and most cooking fires in the home involve the stovetop. Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.
The Ankeny Fire Department offers the following a safety tips to prevent kitchen fires from ever occurring.
• Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
• Be on alert! Don’t use the stove or stovetop if you are sleepy or tired.
• Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
• If you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, check it regularly and remain in the home while food is cooking. Use a timer to remind you that food is cooking.
• Keep anything that can catch fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains – away from your stovetop.
• If you have a small (grease) cooking fire on the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
• If you have a small fire in the oven, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
• Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire, leave the area immediately and call 911 from outside the home. For further questions concerning kitchen and cooking fires, contact Education Coordinator Karen Peters, Ankeny Fire Department at 515-965-6478.