How safe is your kitchen?
- Always stay in the kitchen while cooking
on the range, especially when frying food.
- Keep things that
can burn, such as dishtowels, paper or plastic bags,
and curtains at least three feet away from
- Keep grease from building up on the rangetop,
toaster oven and in the oven.
- Before cooking, roll up sleeves
and use oven mitts. Loose-fitting clothes can touch a hot
burner and catch on fire. If
clothes do catch fire, "Stop, Drop
and Roll" by dropping immediately to the ground and rolling
over and over or back and forth to put out the flames. Cool the burned
with cool water
and seek medical attention for serious burns.
- Always turn pot handles
toward the back of the range to prevent small children from reaching
and pulling down a hot pan.
- Keep pans, hot beverages and trays that
have just come out of the oven away from the edge of
counters, so that children are not able
- Hot liquid and food burns often occur when children pull
hanging tablecloths or placemats. Use table cloths and decorations
- Food cooked in a microwave can be dangerously hot. Remove
the lids or other coverings from microwaved food carefully
burns. Always test
microwaved food for heat before giving it to children.
children and pets away from the range when anyone is
cooking and keep a close eye on them at all times.
- Electrical outlets
in the kitchen should be protected by Ground-Fault Circuit
Interrupters (GFCIs). If you don't have
them, hire an
electrician to install
these devices to protect electrical receptacles near water.
safer water temperatures to prevent scalds from hot tap
water, keep your hot water heater set at 120 degrees
- Never leave barbecue grills unattended while
in use. Keep grills at least 10 feet away from other
objects, including the house
and any shrubs
stay by the grill when cooking.
- Douse cigarette and
cigar butts with water before dumping them in the trash.
emergency numbers in visible areas.