Fire Prevention – Kitchen Safety

Every year in October, we are gearing up for a busy month. It’s Fire Prevention Month with an emphasis on Fire Prevention Week. This year’s week is October 4 – 10. Each year, the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) picks a theme to focus on. This year’s theme, Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!™

What a great time for families and loved ones to work on fire safety in the kitchen. Let’s get started:

  • Cooking
    • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries with Thanksgiving being the lead day for fires involving cooking equipment
    • Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen
    • If you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food, stay in the kitchen
    • When simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home
    • ALWAYS keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it’s cooled.
    • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop
    • Loose clothing can hang down onto stove burners and catch fire. Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
    • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried. (See the NFPA website for an activity for kids to do to show them how far away 3 feet is)
  • Kids in the Kitchen – use as a guide
    • Kids aged 3-5 can:
      • Get ingredients out of the refrigerator
      • Measure and mix ingredients together in a bowl
      • Pour liquids into a bowl
      • Wash fruits and vegetables off under cold water
      • Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes out of cookie dough or sandwiches
      • Lick the cake batter off of a spoon
    • Kids aged 6-8 can:
      • Open packages
      • Use a butter knife to spread frosting, cream cheese, peanut butter, or soft cheese
      • Peel vegetables
      • Measure ingredients
      • Stir ingredients in a bowl
      • Set the table
    • Kids aged 9-12 can:
      • Begin to follow a recipe
      • Open cans
      • Use electrical kitchen appliances, such as a microwave oven, when a grown-up is present
      • Use a grater to shred cheese and vegetables
      • Turn stove burners on and off and select oven temperature when a grown-up is present
      • Help plan the meal
      • Make a salad
    • Kids aged 14+ can:
      • Operate the stove or oven without an adult present
      • Heat food up in the microwave without an adult present
      • Drain cooked pasta into a colander
      • Take a tray of food out of the oven

Resource – www.nfpa.org

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